Thursday, 20 September 2012

Who are the men wanted for the killings of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou?

The arrest and (inevitable) release by Kirghiz authorities of Erhan Arikli, wanted on an Interpol warrant for his involvement in the murder of Tassos Isaac, has reminded us not only of the savagery of the 1996 Green Line killings (which included the shooting of Solomos Solomou) but also the nature of the regime in occupied Cyprus, the thugs who created and sustain it.

Arikli’s biography tells us he was born in 1962 in Ardahan, a provincial city (formerly populated by Greeks and Armenians) in northeastern Turkey, close to the Georgian border. Along with his family, Arikli came to Cyprus aged 14 and settled in the occupied Greek village of Lapithos, in the Kyrenia district. At the time of the Isaac murder, Arikli was president in the occupied areas of the student wing of the fanatical pan-Turanian organisation, Turk-Bir. For the last 14 years, he has been living in Kirghizstan, travelling between that Turkic republic, Turkey and occupied Cyprus on a so-called ‘diplomatic passport’ issued by the ‘TRNC’. Arikli’s job in Kirghizstan has been to promote tourism and business opportunities in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. His brother, Guven Arikli, is a senior member of the occupation regime, acting as director of ‘prime minister’ Irsen Kucuk’s office.

Below are the names and details of the other suspects wanted by Cypriot authorities for the murders of Isaac and Solomou.

In relation to the Isaac lynching, as well as Erhan Arikli, Interpol warrants are outstanding for:
  • Hasim Yilmaz, a Turkish settler, former member of Turkey’s secret service, now running a coffee shop in occupied Kyrenia;
  • Mustafa Ergun, a Turkish settler and ‘police officer’ in the occupation regime;
  • Polat Fikret Koreli, a Turkish Cypriot from Famagusta;
  • Fikret Veli Koreli, a Turkish Cypriot bicycle workshop owner from Famagusta; and
  • Mehmet Mustafa Arslan, a Turkish settler and leader of the ultranationalist Grey Wolves in the Turkish-occupied areas.
As for the shooting of Solomou, the following persons are being sought for the killing:
  • Kenan Akin, at the time of the murder, ‘minister’ for agriculture in the occupation regime;
  • Erdal Emanet, who was head of special services in the occupation regime’s ‘police force;
  • Attila Sav, former chief of ‘police’ in the ‘TRNC’;
  • Lt. Gen. Hasan Kundakci, then head of the Turkish Cypriot ‘armed forces’; and
  • Maj. Gen. Mehmet Karli, former head of the Turkish occupation forces in Cyprus.


Anonymous said...

In the previous post we read Socrates advice to the Athenians in which he stressed the importance of historical memory; and that greatness could be achieved by the Athenians if they were taught to revere their heroic past and encouraged to emulate it.

Solomou and Isaac are national heroes whose example of selfless sacrifice and courage should be taught in every school in Greece and in the diaspora. Their memory should be revered and we should teach our young to emulate their heroism and to never forgive and to never forget their cowardly assassins and the murderous state that spawned them.

Hermes said...

If Arikli was living so openly, why didn't Greek intelligence or other secret para-state organisations just assisinate him?

John Akritas said...

Good question, H; which I believe you know the answer to.

The examples of Solomou and Isaac taught in Greek schools, A? That'll be the day. They'll be teaching what a benefactor to Hellenism Suleyman the magnificent was before they teach about Solomou and Isaac.

Anonymous said...

Sadly for Greece i think you are right, John.

Loukas Leon said...

Marx & Engels or Solomou & Isaac? It's probably a close run thing amongst the "Greeks" of Greece and Cyprus.

John Akritas said...

L. I had a little bit of extra traffic on the site yesterday from people looking for information on Solomou and Isaac, who I've written about before. 90% of this extra traffic was from Turkey, where Arikli's arrest was front-page news. Greece and Cyprus, unfortunately, have different priorities and preoccupations.