Tourist detained accused of photographing Greek, US bases

Tourist detained accused of photographing Greek, US bases
Tourist detained accused of photographing Greek, US bases

Police did not identify of the man and did not confirm media reports that he was a Turkish national. Two other tourists were also briefly detained and freed without charge.

The base at Souda Bay houses Greek military facilities as well as a U.S. naval base.

Greece's military observes a strict policy against photographing bases and military airports, where warning signs are usually on display.

In 2001, a group of British and Dutch aviation enthusiasts, or plane spotters, spent five weeks in jail pending trial for taking notes on aircraft at Greek military bases, the AP reports.

A court found them guilty of espionage-related charges the following year, but the ruling was overturned on appeal.