The ninth 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
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
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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: I can add that, however, well, you may not allow me, the letter was written by me. I don’t speak to the two of them, because they have been informed by me about all these events.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: You are telling us this now, but how do we know that they knew these things.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: They knew, because that’s the rule, Comrade Enver said.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Rule, rule, you say, but when it was rule, you made other legends.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, we did.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: You came to me, did you ask me?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Not for all, but for this one yes.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, that’s why you didn’t tell me that you also received the approval of Mehmet and Beqiri?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I must have received it from both of them.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Why didn’t you write it? That the pear has its tail behind.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Maybe, maybe the pear has its tail behind, but not me, because I didn’t do it on purpose.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: You can, that’s what you do, Kadri Hazbiu.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Okay, I agree, that’s what I did on purpose.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How come you didn’t do it on purpose? You want to provoke me, who was fighting, not before the Bucharest meeting, but long before, since the time of Liri Belishova, since the time of Koço Tashko, etc., against the Khrushchevites? Now, you come here to tell me that in 1960, we thought up a legend to give a senior cadre of our Army to the Soviet agency? How do you mind if I accept this? Could I consent to this matter? How could this happen?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: As I remember this matter, Comrade Enver, this is how it happened.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: You remember this in a false way, while I have the notebook here, I have written the date when you arrived.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, good, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Not good! There is nothing good here, yes, it is like this, as I say, or as you say. I will sing that you came to me in Dajt, to get consent for the arrest of Teme Sejko, together with Beqir Balluk, and not with Mehmet. Mehmet was not at this meeting, because if he was, I would have written it. But in my diary, I wrote only to you, both of you, and I did not call you on this occasion, but there you came to me yourself, to talk about this matter.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, you can, you can.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: It is possible, you say, but the fact proves that it is not as you say, it is quite the opposite.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I also say “as far as I can remember”.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How much do you remember? You say as far as I remember, about these very important issues?
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: There is a big problem here, Comrade Enver that you raised that was not clear. It seems to me that Comrade Kadri should say something here. I’ve read the files, I’ve read the accusations, I’ve read all the questions and it turns out that there is something fabricated here. Teme Sejko was an agent of the Greeks and this is a real fact, but the case of Teme Sejko was used by the Soviets, through State Security cadres, to manipulate a trial. In fact, they were agents. At that time, we were threatened by the American 6th Fleet, by the Greeks, and by the Yugoslavs, at the very moment when we were driving the Soviets from the Vlora Base and unmasking them, we did not know that we had taken on the protection of the Chinese, who were friends of the Americans. We were driving the Soviet fleet from the base, we were exposing the Soviet revisionists, China, which was so dear to the United States, and they took it under protection. We could not do these actions, the United States of America, neither by war nor by any other means, we could drive the Americans, the forces of the Warsaw Treaty, neither from the Adriatic nor from the Mediterranean, and precisely, in these moments, this is fabricated. How it is possible for a colonel to be processed for 12 days, from the 14th to the 26th of August, and after 12 days, be arrested?! We comrades, even for a simple person, do not take action for 12 days, while for a colonel, you were in a hurry, therefore, you must tell us here, who hurried you in this matter?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Do you know, after how many months Teme Sejkoja was convicted or drowned?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: After six or eight months.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: 8 or 10 months, but what did he say?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: He said…
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Explain to us, what did he say specifically, how would we be attacked and where?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: He explained this matter, but I am now, I am not able to speak, Comrade Enver, this event must be refreshed.
COMRADE ADIL CHARCANI: Why are you unable? You took them in the process and this was a big process, Kadri, it wasn’t the process of one person anyway, so how do you tell us that you don’t remember the events of such a big process?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I keep it, as I don’t remember it, but in thick lines.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: How come you don’t remember this hour, but you remember this other one? Ore, this is not about thick and thin!
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: What about the investigator of this group, was Beqir Balluku?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, it was.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: No, you were the Minister of Internal Affairs then, so how did you allow Beqiri to come to the investigator, without asking you?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, avash, avash, don’t come out, because Beqiri was my superior, I depended on him, took Hekuran.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: Without asking me as a minister, not one can go to the investigator, that is the rule in this matter.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It’s true, because Beqiri was the one I depended on.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: However, even if he asked you to come, you could have allowed him to meet you, why would he sneak up to you, under the Prime Minister, in a “Benz” car, and meet Teme Sejko at the Investigator?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, he was under the prime minister, do you understand?
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: Well, we also have sub-prime ministers, but they don’t come to interfere with our work. There are rules here.
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: Yes, we are also under the prime minister, yes, why didn’t we come there?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, Beqir Balluku, he was under the prime minister from whom I depended, do you understand?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Don’t ask to convince us of something that we know, although he could come, so don’t raise your voice to convince us of this. I, if I repeat to you, about what I asked you and no more and no answer?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Order, order, for what?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: And he even gave the wrong answer. No, I’m not going to repeat the questions, because we’re tired, I’ll tell them once, the second time, I won’t repeat them.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Regarding the legend, if you want to say, as far as I remember, it was made up, when it was fixed that Teme Sejkoja was an agent, and the problem arises, should you be arrested, or should we keep his activity a secret and we followed to clarify what was hidden behind it.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: After all this war that we were waging with the Soviets, with the Chinese, with Liri Belishova, with Koço Tashko, you made us think, to make a legend, with the Soviet advisers, and get my approval.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: From April 1960, the issue of the legend happened, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Yes, the legend you claim you told Comrade Enver, turns out you didn’t tell him when you went to Dajt.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, yes, now I…
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: At least in April, you don’t go to rest in Dajt. Comrade Enver must have gone there since August.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No, no, I went to Comrade Enver, to put an end to this matter, and Comrade Enver told me: there is nothing left to wait, so arrest Teme Sejko and after his words, we we arrested him.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I mean, Comrade Enver, did you know the legend?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: This is how I know, that you knew.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How did I know?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: That, as an idea, we had told you. Memorie.al
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