Norwegian photographer arrested in Lesvos released on bail

Norwegian photographer Knut Bree, who was detained last week on the island of Lesbos on charges of espionage, was released from custody on Monday.

The 75-year-old photographer was reportedly released on bail of 4,000 euros and on the condition that he inform the coast guard and police every time he arrives or leaves Greece.

World famous photographer Bri was detained March 16th by a Hellenic Coast Guard officer for photographing Greek Navy and Greek Coast Guard ships moored in the main port of Mytilene Island.

In conversation with local media Stonisi his lawyer, Haris Petsikos, said his client could stay on the island or go to his own country. The lawyer said that the investigation was ongoing by the authorities, who had seized his camera and electronic materials with photographs, and that this procedure would take time. The lawyer added that, in his opinion, the charges could not be brought because they were based on the officer’s vague testimony.

According to local human rights organizations, Bri was arrested for volunteering and helping refugees on an island in the eastern Aegean. The authorities of the island are very wary of NGOs, as there have been several incidents of real espionage in favor of Turkey and numerous cases of active assistance to foreigners on their part in illegally crossing the Greek border.

Bray, who collaborates with the cultural centers and monasteries of Lesvos, has published three photo albums promoting the natural beauties of the island, its culture and cuisine.

He has visited and temporarily lived on the island for the past 24 years.

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