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Two Arma II developers arrested for espionage in Greece

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Bohemia Interactive has confirmed the arrests.

Authorities in Greece arrested two Bohemia Interactive developers yesterday, after the two men were caught with videos and photos of a military base in the Greek city of Lemnos. The developers, ages 28 and 33, allegedly told authorities the media was for Arma 3 development purposes, as the upcoming first-person shooter takes place in Lemnos.

Bohemia Interactive, developer of the Arma games, initially declined to comment, until recently, as Joystiq received a statement from the Czech developer's CEO, Marek Spanel. The full content of the letter can be seen below:

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.

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.

On behalf of the Bohemia Interactive team,

Marek Spanel, CEO

CVG managed to get in touch with a producer at Bohemia, who said the arrested employees were being transferred to a district court but have yet to be charged.

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Staff article by Jonathan Davila (September 11, 2012)

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