The man behind the gun


Thirteen years after the uproar in Deryneia, Sophia Papaioannou returns to Cyprus to take a look at the real events that took place in the “dead zone” at noon time on the eve of the Greek holiday of August 15th, in 1996. In Turkish-occupied Cyprus, Sophia Papaioannou meets Kenan Akin, the man who is wanted by Interpol for the murder of Greek Cypriot Solomos Solomou, and speaks for the first time on Greek television, after the announcement of his candidacy for the upcoming April elections. Akin reveals on camera how he ended up running with the party that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports, and how on that day he was found in front of the cameras pointing at Solomou with his gun. Sophia Papaioannou meets eye witnesses, relatives and friends of Solomos Solomou, and retraces the events of August 14th 1996 Finally, Serdar Denktash, son of Rauf Denktash, argues in front of the camera that the events that led to Solomou’s killing were “directed” and answers why he appointed Kenan Akin minister of the pseudo-state.