Bohemia Interactive Issues Another Statement Regarding Spying Arrests
The two Bohemia Interactive employees arrested by Greek authorities over spying allegations remain in jail, while the ArmA developer’s CEO, Marek Španěl, has issued another press release denying that the two were on the island of Lemnos to gather data for the upcoming ArmA 3.
Interestingly, Španěl claims that the Greek government has actually inspected and approved the depiction of the military installation at Lemnos that’s supposedly the source of the controversy:
“Our company has never gathered or collected any restricted information, such as photos or blueprints of military installations of any nation, nor have we ever tasked anybody else to do it on our behalf. We always respect the law and we develop all of our products using publicly available materials only—Arma 3 is no exception.
According to media sources, the Greek ministry of National Defence actually examined our game, after local authorities raised this topic. They assured that the game is fine. Originally planned for release in autumn of this year, it is based upon a fictional future, set in 2035.”
As of now, the two men, Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta, remain in custody and face up to 20 years in prison if found convicted of the spying charges leveled against them. The two, as well as attorneys and spokespeople for Bohemia Interactive, claim that they were simply at the island as tourists.