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'Arma' devs arrested by Greek military were vacationing, not spying, studio says

"We always respect the law and we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country." Bohemia Interactive

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Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel confirms that two Arma developers were arrested in Lemnos, Greece while on holiday.

Two Arma developers arrested by Greek forces on allegations of spying earlier this week were vactioning on the island of Lemnos, not scouting for the game, the CEO of Arma developer Bohemia Interactive said today.

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

Previous reports implied that the pair were in Greece on official business, recording footage for Arma 3, when they were arrested on suspicion of espionage. The two Czech developers were reportedly taking photographs and video footage of a Greek military facilities in Lemnos.

"Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information," Spanel said in his statement. "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."

"We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds," Spanel added.

Arma is series of tactical military shooters created by Prague-based independent developer Bohemia Interactive. The next entry, Arma 3, is slated for a release in early 2013.

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