Memorie.al publishes some documents issued by the Central State Archive (fund of the former Central Committee of the ALP), where there is a voluminous file with archival materials which bear the logo ‘Top secret’, which belong to the period of years 1981-1982, with reports, reports, evidence, information, minutes of the meetings of the Politburo and the secretariat of the Central Committee of the ALP, etc., starting from what was held to review and analyze the self-criticism of the former Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu in December 1981, because he had allowed the engagement of his son, Skënder, “with a girl who had some political fugitives in her family circle”, the marathon meeting of the Politburo on the afternoon of December 17 his year that continued until the late hours of that night, where that problem was discussed with the debates and discussions of all members who “crucified” former Prime Minister Shehu, the meeting of the morning of December 18, after the news that Prime Minister Mehme t Shehu had killed himself, the marathon meeting of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the ALP on September 20, 1982, with the topic: “Analysis of serious mistakes of Kadri Hazbiu, committed during the period when he was deputy minister and minister of Internal Affairs ”, where Enver Hoxha initially started accusing Kadri Hazbiu, luring him as a“ loyalist of the Party ”, (in order for him to“ open his heart to the Party ”, speaking against former Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu) , where at the beginning of his speech, Enver said: “After the coup in the army, we discovered the traitorous group in economics of Abdyl Këllez, Koço Theodhos and Kiço Ngjela with friends. We also discovered this group here; it was not discovered by the State Security. The same can be said about the discovery of the group of Fadil Paçrami, Todi Lubonja and a number of other people connected with them, such as Ismail Kadareja with friends, the Security did not reveal, but that hostile work was discovered by the Committee Central ”, etc.! All these and other documents with the logo ‘Top secret’, will be published in several issues in a row, exclusively by Memorie.al
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COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: This situation is gone, Kadriu then continued to work in the Army, where I would like to point out that he has worked and continues to work with great interest and will. And as far as I judge, within these two-three years he has gotten into the problems of the military. For these we have often talked together, I have even given him the task to perform and he has constantly been quite busy.
But now there are documents in the archives that appear one after the other. These cannot be closed to catch the dust, especially after all these great events we have lived, so we must ask some explanations for them, Comrade Kadri, because he is the only good friend who is alive and able to explain to us what we are discovering.
Looking for the characteristics of a cadre in the Personnel Sector in the Central Committee with comrade Ramiz, I do not remember specifically for whom, Mihal Bisha, based on memory, tells Ramiz that this man is on that “list”.
Ramiz asked: “What is this list”?!
The list of officers who were in the Soviet Union and that our Ministry of Internal Affairs, has made available to the KGB and GRY.
Comrade Ramiz took these documents, informed me immediately, and he had to inform me necessarily, then he said to me: Look what we have here? And he showed me. If we ask Kadri about this once, because he knows the issue as it stands, I told him.
But, before we ask you to give us explanations on this issue, we went a little deeper into this information. We told Comrade Hekuran to look at some files that come around this issue at that time. The purpose was to have this work clear, to present it to you today.
Now we want to know, how does this work stand? Here we have two problems, let’s look at the first one first, let’s not go to the second one yet. What is the point of putting our residents under the management of the Soviet residence and taking over from the Soviet residence our operational collaborators, some of whom were held by our residents and some of whom were not known at all by our residence? Is that so?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, that’s right, Comrade Enver.
HEKURAN ISAI COMRADE: What was kept by us was known by the Soviets.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: So those who were held by us were known by the Soviets. These were a number of residents, the number of which is more limited, and the number of associates larger. The number of officers or students being pursued by both our Security and the Soviet Security, with which ours cooperated, is even greater, but questionable. In addition, the same has been done with the Insurance of the countries of the former People’s Democracies. There we had civilian students, who in turn were put in the hands of the agencies of these countries.
Now, how is this work done, Comrade Kadri?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It is not only these, there may be others.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: And others, if you have, Kadri, tell us.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Now, as far as my responsibility is concerned, I could not even deepen this, but I consciously said, both in the VI Plenum of the Central Committee, and later, that in terms of all this hostile activity, which was confirmed in the Army, I had no reservations in the assessment that the Party has made of the responsibility of the bodies of Internal Affairs, specifically the State Security, for these issues, which has worried me a lot, but how much I have realized for myself, I am not able to determine it.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: What do you think, did the Party act correctly?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, he did the right thing.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: What about State Security?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No, he did not act correctly and I say this in terms of evaluating the work that has been done. In the beginning, in the materials we have made and in the conclusions drawn there, I have stated that the Security has its responsibility, even very great; I always speak about the activity of the coup. However, I am convinced that the State Security has not done its duty due to the fact that; all these hostile activities have been discovered by the Party in the process of its efforts to advance the development of our country. That’s my opinion, and I have no reservations about it.
As for my work, Comrade Enver, I am convinced of one thing, and I can say this here before you, that what I knew, I did. Any reservation or any trick, if we can call it that, has not been, is not and will not be against the Party. How much have I achieved this…?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Here is the question that you should have known, what did you know, we can admit that you did not keep anything to the Party, the question is do you need to know more, or should not you know?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: As I judge it, Comrade Enver, I have happened in front of people who have deceived me, and for my part, I have not had anything deceitful, I have always looked at issues from the angle of the Party man, that yes if I had cast a shadow of doubt on these people, I would have taken a different stance. Was there any evidence that I was showing signs of doubt? You can.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, why not in doubt? What are those reasons that made you not fall into doubt?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Once upon a time, all these people were in leadership. I, even if I had an opinion against, on a certain issue, I always thought that this one, I mean Mehmet Shehu, was a member of the Central Committee, a member of the Politburo and a prime minister. Even those I have had around, I have not seen with the eye of doubt. For those thoughts and actions of theirs, which I have found to be contrary to the norms of the Party, the documents are, let them be looked at and it turns out that, when I could, I corrected them.
So, the thoughts that I had, for one or the other, even as I had them, Comrade Enver, I never kept a reserve, I went and told the Central Committee, when I thought differently. How can I say now, the responsibility falls on me, that I had to be vigilant, but in this circumstance, more than that I have not managed to discover or identify as negative the activity of these people, not to speak of them as traitors and how enemy.
HEKURAN ISAI COMRADE: Well, what has prevented you in this regard? This is not a matter of skill that you have not lacked. Then why did you not manage to suspect these people? Zoi Themeli was in the Ministry where you headed and he turned out to be an enemy, Mihallaq Ziçishti also, Feçor Shehu had such bad things done in time, Halim Xheloja was in the Army Intelligence and it turned out that he was also an enemy, yes thus Panajot Plaku.
Here we are talking about the lack of vigilance towards these elements that were close to you, then why did this loss of vigilance on your part occur? Just for the fact that they were cadres, or did you have any other opinion about them? Has your familiarity attitude, which may have been one of the reasons that led you there, weakened your vigilance? Or the view that this is a War Comrade, a State Security Worker, etc.?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: What can I say, this is what I said and this is how I judge, maybe this is a wrong position on my part, but I have never had anything to do with them. For Zoi Themelin, there are documents in the Ministry, where it turns out that I have always thought of him as a close person, he thinks. When his case was dealt with by the apparatus of the Central Committee, I gave my opinion on it. As for Mihallaq Ziçishti, I have never suspected. Why? It could be the familiarity that prevented me from looking at these issues, it could also be the common struggle we were waging, however, some of the shortcomings I found in their work, I have pointed out.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I have asked you several times, it seems to me, that I have never understood the departure of Mihallaq Zicishti from the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, I have told you that whenever we, with or without guilt, we have expelled a communist or a cadre, even with low functions from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, or from its subordinate bodies, he has come and cried before me. For Mihallaq Ziçishti, you told me that you left him to go and work in the field.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I…?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, yes, you told me to go to work in the field, to make its circulation.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I did not, I did not tell you that…?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But you did not tell me that this move is suspicious?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: This is how I raised his case.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How? Tell us a little!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Once again when the talk was for the last time…!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: When was the last time?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I do not remember what time it was.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Now the work is dead, you are telling us ahead.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I did not understand why Mihallaq Ziçishti left the Ministry of Internal Affairs, so I told you.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Well, then why did not you go to the end of this issue, even if we assume that you did not understand?
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Assuming you did not understand, how did you explain this move then? Why did not you go all the way to this issue?
KADRI HAZBIU: Dale, comrade Ramiz, the misfortune is here now, which is not comrade Hysni. Comrade Hysni called me here when he had a conflict with Zoi Themel. There may be notes on this issue and his notes. Zoi was in conflict with his subordinates, claiming to act contrary to the competencies that belonged to him, and for all this, I intervened to clarify these issues. He then came to the Central Committee, complained, for this reason, Comrade Hysni instructed me to deal with his case calmly.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Hysniu told you orally, or even gave his opinion in writing, how to act with Zo?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: He spoke to me orally, Comrade Enver, that in writing…!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: D.m.th., were these jobs done only orally? But we need to look at these issues now.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Let’s look Comrade Enver, I have no objection.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: No no, the thing is that we have to prove all this now.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Let me finish what I had to say, Comrade Enver. We have to prove what we can prove, what I can say now, I could not work with notebooks. With my close associates, I worked calmly, carefully, as well as Zoi Themel. For myself I was of the opinion that this should be removed from the State Security organs and as a person, incapable, but also that he had created there a sick situation, all those things. At the same time, in 1966, when measures were being taken to circulate the staff, Comrade Hysni told me that, if Mihallaq Ziçishti was removed from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who could we replace?
I asked, why remove it?
“Yes, you are a very plenum member of the Ministry,” he replied.
My opinion, I gave it and I discussed the matter. I also gave my opinion on Rexhep Kolli, do I not remember who else, who could move. Yes, he told me. The next time, when I heard here that Mihallaqi himself had asked to leave the Ministry, I was surprised, but he himself did not tell me that. After the meeting with comrade Hysni, Mihallaqi told me that he would leave the Ministry for Korça, he also told me that Zoi Themeli should also go to Peshkopi.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Mihallaqi did not ask to go to Korca himself?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Mihallaqi…?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Mehmet Shehu had appointed him there.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I do not know anything about this.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: You do not know anything, agree, but now it turns out that it was appointed by Mehmet Shehu. “Wear you in Korça”, he told her.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I did not know anything about this, Comrade Enver. I say this to you with pure communist honesty.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Well, uncle?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I tell you this, because I did not know anything. As a project, comrade Hysni asked me who Mihallaqi could be replaced with, that he would leave there. I did not know about other things that Mihallaqi could have had.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: For my part, I told him that I had this suspicion since Mihallaqi left the Ministry, while Hysniu never told me as you say that we will remove Mihallaqi, because it was done many plenum members in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Memorie.al
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