Just doing your job can get you in deep trouble in Greece apparently, even put you in a position to end up in jail for a few decades. This might become a reality for two Czech developers who work for Bohemia Interactive, who are currently developing upcoming title ArmA III. The two developers were arrested on the island of Lemnos after taking pictures and video of military installations, gathering reference intel to help the ArmA III development along. The Greek authorities obviously weren’t happy with the duo snooping around and bestowed them with some fresh espionage charges.
It’s reported that the two developers are being transferred to the Greek island of Lesbos where they will be present for a preliminary trial on suspicion of espionage. If it goes pear-shaped for the duo and they end up being charged to the full extent, they could face up to 20 years in a Greek prison, which sounds quite daunting.
“Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information,” said Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel after previously staying hush-hush about the situation on the Bohemia forums. “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,” Spanel finished.
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