Bohemia CEO says arrested devs were sightseeing, not spying

Studio boss claims employees were on holiday in Greece

Two Bohemia Interactive employees arrested and accused of spying on the Greek Island of Lemnos were merely sightseeing, according to the CEO of the Arma 3 studio.


In a statement on Bohemia's forums, Marek Spanel said: "We can confirm that two Bohemia Interactive employees, our colleagues and friends, were arrested during their holiday trip to Lemnos. They visited the island with the sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings.

"Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information. We always respect the law and we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma 3."

He added: "Currently, all our effort goes towards supporting the guys over there, as well as their friends and families affected by this difficult situation. We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds."

Yesterday Bohemia executive producer Jan Kunt told CVG that the developers in question will be transferred to the Greek island of Lesbos to face preliminary trial on suspicion of espionage.

It was originally reported that they were in Lemnos collecting reference material for Arma 3, and were found to be in possession of videos and photos of military installations.

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