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 lasted 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 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 launched accusations against Kadri Hazbiu, luring him as a” loyalist of the Party “, (in order for him to” open the heart of 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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ALBANIAN LABOR PARTY
CENTRAL SECRETARY COMMITTEE
PROCESS – VERBAL
OF THE MEETING OF THE POLITICAL BUREAU OF THE CENTRAL AFFAIRS OF THE ALP DATES
17 E 18 DECEMBER 1981
Agenda: Analysis of the serious mistake made by the member of the Politburo, Mehmet Shehu, regarding the engagement of a boy with a girl with a very bad political composition.
This meeting is attended by all members of the Politburo, with the exception of Comrade Hekuran Isai, who did not come because his mother died last night.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: The fairest decision would be for him not to go abroad at all, but to be sent to work in a factory, to be at the same time in the basic organization of the Party, and to be accountable to it for what he did, that is a communist. This would be fairer to do, and would be evidence of an understanding, as it were, of that grave error that became partial.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: That should have been done.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: To some extent, the boy was taken under your protection. Here, the sentimentality you say deepened further. You failed to think that he is a communist, that he has made a serious, very serious mistake and should be held accountable to the Party, which will then judge him whether or not he should go abroad later. He is a man who has made a grave mistake, even repeated it, and I will say this in my discussion.
COMRADE PHOTO ÇAMI: Here again is the defect where you fell in the first case, Comrade Mehmet, that is, you did not put the interest of the Party above all. If you think deeply, you will see that the people, seeing how they acted and appreciated, the mistake and the gesture of your son, who made one mistake, then another and was allowed to go abroad, have the right to says: “more, what is happening here, is there a party line or are there two lines, one for some and one for the other mass”?!
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: This is exactly why I am pulling the boy from Sweden.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: If it was someone else’s son we would have pulled him, that is, the Party, but precisely because he is your son, you have to pull him yourself.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Yes, I should have withdrawn it.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: The severity, the haste in this case, you have to show on the other side, to tell the boy to go to Martanesh, to go to work with the miners and geologists, to wash away the mistake he made, not to take it to give overseas exams, let him do this and do that, then come back.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Does not this indicate a formal admission of error? This is not an immediate deepening, but you had to take a stand, analyze his case to the end.
COMRADE LENKA ÇUKO: Comrade Mehmet says that he criticized the boy for not working. Who criticized him? Did your son criticize anybody or organization, or did you just criticize him as a father? Where else has he been criticized, and who has criticized him?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: No, it did not work. So far I know I’ve only criticized it. He is part of the basic organization where he studies, in Sweden and when he returns to Albania he will come to be part of his basic organization.
COMRADE LENKA ÇUKO: Well, forgive me, comrade Mehmet; are you aware that in the basic organization of the Party in the embassy, who is a member, he has raised for discussion this problem, this very wrong action he did?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I told him to come and inform the basic organization of the Party and act as the basic organization says there. When he came here, I asked my friend Dhimitër Lamani if he had informed. He informed me that he had informed him about this issue, but in the base organization there, I do not know that such a thing has been raised.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: Yes, Comrade Mehmet, what does a positive opinion mean in such a case? He made such a grave mistake, he went out again and nothing was discussed about him. Does not this show that we are dealing with those thoughts and concepts that we stand above others, are outside the norms and rules of the Party, that for us there are other rules, while for all the communists below, there are other rules?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: No, I judged so he made this mistake and corrected it, that he accepted the separation. The boy is not to blame here, but I am, because the boy would have left the girl if I had told him to leave.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: No, no, he is even very guilty.
COMRADE QIRJAKO MIHALI: Of course we will judge you here, but he is also very guilty.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Of course it is his fault that he went and had an affair with that girl.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: Yes, he is a communist.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: I am saying once again to help Comrade Mehmet. Do not dwell on the thought as you judged then. Today, what do you think about the questions your friends ask you: did you do well or did you not do well to let him go and why did you let the boy stay outside? This is the problem.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: No, I did not do well.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: How you thought at that time is another problem. Now, now how do you judge?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: You should also look at this sentimentality that you say and the right is to delve into it to see that he has led you to other tolerant attitudes, not only in the treatment of the family, in this we are not entering in detail, but in putting on unequal terms with others, not only as a party member, but also as a leader with those rights that the Party has given me.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I could have made mistakes, but I did not start consciously to put myself above my friends.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: One minute, one minute, in the analysis we do not start only from the conscience, we point out the facts as they are, then we look at the cause, it is conscious or unconscious. How much the basic organization of the Party has helped you is another matter, if you have claims that we did not help you, we agree, but once we tell the facts as they are.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I think I have not tried to ask the Party for privileges over others. I may have made mistakes, but not to start consciously from being prime minister or where I know how to create privileges for myself.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: For a much smaller mistake than your son’s, we brought them by plane from abroad and told them: go to work now, wash away the mistake you made. You yourself have heard, you have seen, you have gone through these measures that we have taken, and in the case of your son, you have not thought what I am doing, where the mule is leading me, why I am not acting as for everyone others also for my son etc. For this, you have another conviction and the issue does not lie in action. I do not know, but maybe you have reservations on this issue.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: No, I have no reservations, so I ordered the boy to return.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: But if you do not have reservations, then why did not you do it on time? This is a very simple thing. If you gave the order as prime minister, the boy would return to Albania within a day. What order are you waiting for, comrade Mehmet? This is not the job to tell you, you should have done it yourself.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Yes, I say that if necessary, I give him an order to return today, but I have informed him to return as soon as he has finished the exams he has in his hands.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: But he does not deserve it, comrade Mehmet took the exams. This must be well understood.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: On this issue I went and consulted with Comrade Ramiz and we agreed with him to do so.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: No, no, it is not exactly like that. You consulted with your friend Ramiz, but I told you the same thing that Paul told you, that boy must be returned immediately. Then when you have to return, you know that, decide for yourself the time.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I also informed him that he would finish the exam in his hand and return.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: No, what Comrade Paul says is right. Why did you not think of it yourself, why did you wait for us to tell you?
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: Albanian, he did not think of this to preserve “prestige” and tries to find different forms so as not to affect his authority. Things have to be said openly. That his son not only did not deserve to go out again, but it does not matter to him whether he finishes the exam or not, as he returns for punishment, not for a visit, which does not had to miss exams.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Let’s talk as it is, maybe the rest of you have not lost the opportunity, but I said openly to comrade Mehmet: return the boy!
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Comrade Enver also told him, and I told him in a meeting we had: Comrade Mehmet, the boy must return.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Let us now move on to the other questions that this issue is clear.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: We asked: are you completely free from sentimentality for this boy? It seems to me that in the reflection I have made I have been freed from sentimentality and the boy should return to give account to the Party and be sent to work where he will be assigned. Another question. Which friends should I help? In the first place I had to be helped by Comrade Enver, but I did not only have Comrade Enver, I also had other friends.
COMRADE LLAMBI GEGPRIFTI: You comrade Mehmet say that, if my comrades knew this and helped me, I would not have done this action. I ask the question: Who are these friends who knew the problem of your son’s engagement?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: If a friend had come to me, would have found out and understood he would have grabbed me by the coat and said to me: Comrade Mehmet, you are wrong! I assure you, comrades of the Politburo, that I would correct it immediately.
COMRADE LLAMBI GEGPRIFTI: How did we know this, Comrade Mehmet?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Look how he told you, how did we know? But who were those who knew? Who knew that you had engaged the boy to a girl with such makeup?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, who knew? Otherwise, why do you criticize me, if my friends had helped me cil .who, who are those friends, say their name here, in the Politburo!
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I do not say that the comrades knew, but if any of the comrades would have found out and told me…
COMRADE PALI MISKA: Then how could we help you when we did not know?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Excuse me, Comrade Pali, since this issue has now been caught here, I have to say this in the discussion, he raises the issue that “my comrades should have helped me too”. This means that he alludes as if someone knew him and did not help him. In self-criticism this is how it is written. Then without telling us who knew?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I am not saying that my friends should have helped me, but we should all help each other.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: In self-criticism it is written like this./Memorie.al
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