published: 23.11.2012, 18:53 | updated: 23.11.2012 18:54:43
Brussels - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas discussed the case of two Czech men charged with spying in Greece with his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras on the margin of the ongoing EU summit.
Samaras has reportedly promised to him that he would deal with the case.
The two Czechs were arrested on the Lemnos island on September 9. The Greek police arrested them because they allegedly photographed a military area though this is forbidden.
The Czechs may end up in prison from five to 20 years if convicted of espionage.
In 2011, Lemnos authorities protested against a plan to make the island a virtual battlefield of a new Czech computer game. 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 Czechs are employees of Bohemia Interactive, a Czech firm specialising in the development of software for computer games.
Greek media previously wrote that the police said the Czechs took photographs for a new computer game that takes place on Lemnos.
Bohemia Interactive said the two men were not on a working visit to Lemnos. The men said they were on holiday and visited the island as tourists.
Necas said it was extremely unlikely and untrustworthy that the two men had been really involved in spying.
"I have asked Samaras to make the Greek authorities devote attention to the affair so that no misunderstanding arises that could harm the relations," Necas said.
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