The twelfth part
Memorie.al /publishes some archival documents extracted from the Central State Archive in Tirana (the fund of the former PPSh Central Committee), which belong to the year 1982, where there is a file with relations, reports, instructions, information, letters , minutes of meetings of the Political Bureau, the Secretariat of the Central Committee, etc., regarding the “hostile activity” of the member of the Political Bureau and the Minister of People’s Defense, Kadri Hazbiu, as well as some of his closest collaborators, such as: Feçor Shehu, Mihallaq Ziçishti, Llambi Peçini, Zoi Themeli, etc., who were accused by Enver Hoxha, as “the main collaborators of the police agent Mehmet Shehu”. In the file in question, there is also a document with Kadri Hazbi’s self-criticism, dated September 27, 1982, sent to Enver Hoxha and the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the PPSh, regarding “his poor work at the head of the Ministry of of Internal Affairs and the lack of vigilance, for not detecting hostile groups, all of which the party and Comrade Enver had discovered”. In this document, the former head of the Ministry of the Interior writes: “From the beginning of September, when I was getting my hair cut, a driver who works with the transport lines abroad came to me and told me that, returning from abroad, the drivers they had spoken badly about my fate. I didn’t ask him what he had been told, but I told him to go and report it where it should be. He added in more detail that he had spoken to the companion who stays with me, which I ordered him to report. He told me that he had done this. I don’t know whether I told him about this case or not, friend Hekuran. After a few days when I returned from a 3-4 day service, my family told me for the first time that they are taking us on the phone and so on, in meetings they ask about you, where are you and how are you, because we have heard things not good, as if we have escaped as a family abroad, as if I have been dismissed from my position as Minister of Defense, etc. I told you that anyone who asks about us, you say we are fine and don’t engage in further conversation. I emphasize that these things have spread so much that even one of the workers who serves in my family left without expecting that something is happening with me and my family. All these things, I told my friend Ramiz, together with my opinion that there is not enough fight against these harmful slogans and that they are spreading from Tirana in the first place”. Likewise, the document in question also contains the minutes of the meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the PPSh, held on October 8, 1982, where the “hostile activity of Kadri Hazbi” from the period after the war when he was in the position of Chief of Army Security, which has brought fierce debates, they all discussed, starting from: Adil Çarçani, Hekuran Isai, Simon Stefani, Manush Muftiu, Rita Marko, Prokop Murra, Photo Çami, Lenka Çuko, Pali Miska, Besnik Bekteshi, Muho Asllani and Llambi Gegprifti. Even the debates and strong tones in that meeting were not absent between Enver Hoxha and Kadri Hazbiu, which continued throughout the meeting, for several sessions. But for more about these, we know the document, which is published for the first time by Memorie.al
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The document with the minutes of the meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the PPSh, held on October 8, 1982, where the “hostile activity” of Kadri Hazbi was analyzed
ALBANIAN LABOR PARTY TOP SECRET
OF THE MEETING OF THE POLITICAL BUREAU OF THE PPS CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON OCTOBER 8, 1982
- Discussion on the serious words of friend Kadri Hazbiu
- Approval of the report on transport to the plenum
All members of the Political Bureau are present at the meeting.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEETING
The meeting was opened and led by the first secretary of the Central Committee of the PPS, Comrade Enver Hoxha.
Discussion on the serious crimes of comrade Kadri Hazbiu.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, well, I’m telling you that that day I affirmed this, and about the officially written documents, I don’t know anything, without this it is.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Good, Kadri Hazbiu, you should follow the orders of the Central Committee, or your wishes. The order of the Central Committee was that the Platform had to be kept secret, while you have given it to foreigners and in writing. This means that you violated the decisions of the Party.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I gave it to you in writing…!
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Yes, this is how you wrote it, they had the right to translate the documents and their translation would be done by an Albanian, but he would do everything by your order. This means that you have given the Platform to the Soviet adviser.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I gave it to him.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Yes, this is what Comrade Enver is also telling you.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: That’s what I’m telling you too. So you violated the decisions of the Political Bureau.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: We are interpreting this now, Comrade Enver. Yes, no problem, please, now, because the advisor who was assigned to come and work in the Security bodies, the first thing he would do was to familiarize himself with the norms that these bodies have.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: No, no, we had not decided to give the rates to them.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: He was an advisor there; he was not your closest collaborator in the ministry!
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Then the Party had to be asked about this.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: The Soviet adviser had no right to receive the Platform. In it at the top, it is written: “Top secret” and there are gradations of who should know and what should know, from its content, otherwise, the Central Committee had no reason to write to whom this document should be given.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Here, here, wait, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: I’m sorry, I’m sorry, we’re wasting time with this issue, and it seems to me.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: We are waiting for you…
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Yes, we’re getting late because you’re bringing us around. How about we listen to you and think as you say, or what is the truth, what are the facts, what are the documents?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: If you want a reason, I will give it to you.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Yes, let’s tell you the reasoning.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: The reasoning is as I say. The advisor, who was on the side of Security, must have been familiar with all the norms that we had, who could give us advice, so he had to know the Platform as well.
ALL FRIENDS: No, how is this practice like this?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: We now bring a French engineer and tell him how you will design a hydropower turbine for us, with these and other requirements. If he demands that we give him the schemes of all our hydropower plants, do you think we should give them to him? Advisors for agriculture have arrived from Italy, and a certain Maljani, to whom we made requests and provided us with some data, but he neither asked us for animals, nor did we give him anything.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Excuse me for a minute.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: Did the letters of 1959 go to the Soviet Union by your order?
COMRADE RITA MARKO: In December 1959, 26 documents, from the most important of the State Security, went to the Soviet Union.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: The Platform of the Political Bureau has been sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs by the Central Committee, to work with it. If the Central Committee, the Politburo, considered it necessary to take it to the Soviet Security, they could do it themselves.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, I signed that document?
COMRADE PALI MISKA: No, you didn’t sign it, Llambi Peçini did.
COMRADE LLAMBI GEGPRIFTI: Yes, he signed it on your order.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: So Llambi Peçini signed it, by order of the Minister of Internal Affairs, General Kadri Hazbiu.
COMRADE FOTO ÇAMI : This thing, Llambi Peçini, he could not have done without your order and without your permission.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: No, no, he did it on your order, because after you ordered, then the documents were started.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: At that time, why didn’t I sign this document, if he signed it?
COMRADE LLAMBI GEGPRIFTI: You didn’t sign it, because you sent it to the Security School.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: With this attitude, you have certainly protected yourself from responsibility.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: If I tell you, Comrade Kadri, if I tell you the steps, you with your signature, you did not put it on purpose, to say later that Llambi Peçini did this action, without your knowledge, so for not to be compromised.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Would I do this?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, these things can be done this way. And why not be done? Are these fair reasoning’s?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: But why, I would save my skin with this retreat, Comrade Enver? Do you think that by not putting a sign here, I would avoid responsibility?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: However, this is not one, but many documents that were sent to the Soviet Union.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: But why, when there are so many, as they have been, Comrade Enver has been sent.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But who did these actions?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I, Comrade Enver, will answer for what I have done. For what I don’t know, I have nothing to say.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: There is nothing there that you should not know, I, who am the first secretary of the Central Committee, yes, I cannot know many things, however, I also know many things, and if I were the minister of Internal Affairs and to go through such heavy things, it would be impossible. I don’t let even small things pass.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, this is a whole life, take it, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I have also been at work longer than you.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I know, but when I say I have a whole life there, I mean that there were things that escaped me, there are some of these things that I could have informed you about, there are also things that I have notified others.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: Well, you say that this one saved me, this other one, I don’t remember. We are not finding out anything about what was done there.
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: Why, a big mess after being there with you.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: Where did Llambi Peçini find the courage to do such an act, without your consent?
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: Yes, Llambi Peçini did that action on the order of this one.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Llambi Peçini, Comrade Kadri, you must bear in mind that he has started to speak.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, let him speak, it is very good that he speaks.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: That’s right; it is very good for the Party that you are speaking.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, it is also very good for me, that everything will be clarified.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: That’s right, everything will be clarified, but from the written facts, you can be sure that Llambi Peçini did not do this without the permission of Kadri Hazbiu. Memorie.al
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