Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel has sent us a short statement to clarify why two developers were arrested for taking photos of a Greek military installation. The pair, who may face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of espionage, were apparently on a holiday trip to the island of Lemnos to 'experience the beautiful surroundings.'
The statement reads thusly:
"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."
If true, it seems that the duo perhaps let their passion for authenticity run away with them. We'll let you know how the story transpires, but considering the massive tensions in the area between Greece and Turkey, the Greek authorities will be taking the allegations incredibly seriously.