published: 11.09.2012, 10:51 | updated: 11.09.2012 11:02:15
Athens/Prague - The Greek police arrested two Czech men who took photographs and made videos of military bases and airport at the Lemnos island over alleged spying, the Czech consul in Athens, Blanka Kovacsova, confirmed to CTK.
The two men dismiss the accusation. They say they took the photographs for a computer game they were working on.
The APE-MPE Greek news agency reported that the two Czechs, aged 28 and 33, were arrested on Sunday and then interrogated at Lemnos.
Kovacsova said the accusation is serious. She said she is in contact with both men.
The accused Czechs are to be transported to the Lesbos island today where they will be questioned by the prosecutor of the given area on Wednesday or Thursday.
Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes that the arrested Czechs work for the Bohemia Interactive firm and that they took the pictures of the military compounds for a computer war game situated on Lemnos.
Bohemia Interactive is a company seated in Prague and specialising in the development of software for computer games. Its representatives have not been available for comment so far.
Lemnos authorities protested against the plan to make the island a virtual battlefield of a new Czech computer game in 2011. The authorities argued that this might harm the island´s reputation among tourists and be a security threat by making a very detailed map of the terrain widely available.
The two Czech men said the photos and videos were to help them make the battlefield of the game as realistic as possible.
Kovacsova said the case might end up at court but she did not want to speculate.
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