Memorie.al/ publishes some archival documents issued by the institution of the Authority for Information of Former State Security Files, where is the voluminous file (forms, investigative and court), of Myrteza Bajraktari, originally from Gostivar, who after finishing school high school in the city of Tetovo, in 1952, began his higher studies at the University of Skopje, in the branch of Philosophy, where in addition to teaching he was employed as a journalist in the newspaper “Flaka e Vllaznimit” published in Skopje, from where he was fired soon after, he published an article where he was openly against the displacement of Yugoslav Albanians to Turkey and as a result, he was appointed as a teacher in the 7-year school “Shaban Zeneli” in Kumanovo. Myrtezai was arrested by the UDB in 1952, after he was part of a secret organization called the ‘Albanian National-Democratic Organization’, and he was sentenced to seven years in political prison, which he served in the Nis prison and Idrizovo. Escape from Yugoslavia and coming to Albania, where after staying for some time in the internment camp in Seman of Fier, he was given the right to high school, graduating from the University of Tirana in Language and Literature, but after refusing the appointment in the city of Berat, in 1971, he was arrested and sentenced to seven years in political prison, on charges of “agitation and propaganda”. Release from prison and leaving without work until the collapse of the communist regime and his appointment as Consul General of Albania in Switzerland, until 1993, and then his election as Honorary President of the Albanian League in the World, for the countries of Benelux, where he worked for the cause of Kosovo, until he passed away on December 11, 2020. The entire complete file of Myrteza Bajraktari, with the names of officials and officers of the State Security, the nicknames of collaborators, “colleagues” and The “compatriots” who followed and monitored him, the provocateurs in the investigation cells, the witnesses who appeared in court, the letters sent to Enver Hoxha and the high official instances where he demanded his innocence, etc., etc., are published for the first time by Memorie .al
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The document with the secret report drafted by the State Security Operational Worker, Captain I, Metush Qamili, with the data of the Security collaborator with the nickname “Korabi”, regarding the conversations held by Myrteza Bajraktari, with other emigrants in Seman Camp
Received from Captain Metush Qamili
Given by B.p. “Korabi”
Fier on 29.7.1965
R E P O R T
He reports that recently Myrteza Bajraktari told him that: if you decide to go to Yugoslavia, I will give you some messages. He told her: “I have nothing to do here, we are living in a camp, and he has not yet prayed to return to Yugoslavia.” He told me a few days later that I had decided to return to Yugoslavia, so help me pray to the Interior Ministry. He said this in order for Myrtezai to have faith in the source, so Myrtezai prayed and gave it to the postman. He then told her that when she went there, she would meet Hasan Bllaca, who lives in Skopje. After meeting him, you will give him the slogan: “You are the nephew of Bajram Curri, because he means yes, then you will tell him that Bajram Curri’s great-grandson sent me”.
You will communicate that Myrtezai told me, that from Albania, do not expect any help for what we asked for, and I was put in the camp, but you contact West Germany, that it will help you. If they ask you why Germany, you will tell her that she has always had Kosovo in her heart and after the overthrow of the communist regime, she will join the Albanian lands.
Once you have given this message, get to work and do not mix with anyone. And when the time comes, to be entrusted by me, you go to Skopje, Tetovo, Gostivar, and raise our national flag. When you do this, dress in bad clothes and big shoes, and leave by train to another republic, lest the UDB catch you. Apart from him, someone else (the name that he showed) knew this.
In addition, Myrtezai spoke well to me about Western countries, especially Germany, where he showed that a worker there is paid 30 times more than in Albania, for one thousand ALL he receives here, there he receives thirty thousand ALL. In the West, the people have freedom, there is democracy, they organize strikes and protests, while in communism, there is no freedom and if you insult the party, you are imprisoned. The people are suffering from the regime, and from the bad economic situation, say Myrtezai, but very soon communism will collapse, as Germany is preparing for World War III and will win.
He asks, in case the war breaks out, what attitude the people here will take. Myrtezai tells him that: if war breaks out, the people will rise up against the government. While in Yugoslavia the people have more freedom and economic prosperity than in Albania, because of the aid that America gives, which helps all the peoples of the world. These words, Myrtezai has said to the source often, recently.
Myrtezai, 10 days ago, in addition to the slogan for Hasan Bllaca, told the source that: I believe you a lot, so when you go to my sister, who is married to Mehmetali Hoxha in Skopje, show up in plain clothes, and if that she sees other people in her house, state that: you had some business with her husband, who is the editor-in-chief of a newspaper.
This, you will do so that other people do not suspect. After meeting him, you will tell him: do not hope for Albania, as Myrtezain is being held in solitary confinement in a camp, and explain the situation I am in, as they are treating me as an enemy and not as a patriot. To tell my sister to come to terms with the relatives we have in Turkey, for the Turkish government to intervene with the Albanian one, to draw me to Turkey, as I can do nothing from here.
Turkey can help the people of Kosovo against Yugoslavia. In case my sister doubts, then you will say the slogan: “Unity or Death”. And then, you will tell him that Myrtezai will send you letters, where he will put the date on top of them, because when I write letters, I put the date down.
Then, sister will be convinced that you were sent by me. Myrtezai continues that, in Shijak, during the investigation, he was proposed to cooperate with the Albanian State Security and our organization in Yugoslavia, to make it available to them. But I did not accept, because I told him that our organization is patriotic and does not deal with espionage. I sent the slogan for Hasan Bllaca to the Security, and I did not say both to my sister.
I of course, if they betrayed me, I would deny everything and if they supported me with shoulders against the wall, then I would be forced to speak openly. Myrtezai told him that he would talk about the oppression of the Albanian people, the betrayal of the people of Kosovo and other Albanian territories, leaving them under the Yugoslav regime, the fratricidal provocations in the Drenica war, made by the Albanian partisans, cooperating with the Yugoslav partisans.
He asked him about his brother Major in the Navy and he told him that: he is a wolf. Myrtezai, told him that his brother, is giving exams for Lieutenant Colonel, but he knows nothing about my actions, he only knows that I am a nationalist.
Fier on 29.7.1965
- You stay close to Myrteza during the conversations and when he talks about Albania, you say to him: we are surprised by you that you are old and what did it take for you to come to Albania. You did not know that the immigrants here are kept in camps, that you came late, because I came here as a child, because I had my family here.
But, I had this mindset since then, I would not come here. Say these in order of what it means. If he says that I came here for help, you will tell him what help he expects from them, since you are a nationalist, while they are communists!
Also, be ready to go to Yugoslavia, but say that I am afraid of the UDB, as there will be suspicions that I have no one there. And the UDB is putting me in jail, how should I act. Say this in order for what he will say.
Clarification: Myrtezai is in pursuit 2 / A, as a possible agent of Yugoslav Intelligence and the issue of the slogan for Hasan Bllaca and the organization, has told the investigator.
Assessment: The report, it’s important that this pushed B.p., to return to Yugoslavia. During the meeting with B.p., he spoke ill of communism in our country and praised the countries of the West. In conclusion, it turns out that Myrtezai may have said this in order for him to denounce this act and then imply that Myrtezai was not sent by the UDB.
He also said to the Investigator, that allegedly we have an organization that asks for help from Albania, yes and this leaves doubts, that he tells B.p. that you were betraying me, I cannot speak openly. On the other hand and B.p. he is not trusted much, that he has not given clear evidence, as this is the first evidence he gives for him.
Although B.p. asked to go to Yugoslavia, he told us to cancel his prayer, as he has no one there, and this made Myrtezai believe him. Because his family came to Albania early.
- Print the report and place it in the file.
- A copy shall be sent to the First Branch.
- During the report, let’s look at the letters, where they put the date.
- To prove this, make a combination with B.p. “Apples”, in Lushnje, and heard with T.O.
First Captain Metush Qamili
The ‘Top Secret’ document drafted by the State Security Operational Worker, Bajram Neli and assisted by the First Captain, Dedë Zefi, with the recordings of the conversations made at the Hotel “Apollonia” in Fier, between Myrteza Bajraktari and his collaborator State Security, with the nickname “Apple”
BRANCH OF P. INTERIOR Top secret
FIER Single copy
On the translation of the recording made on 26 / VIII / 1965. With the object Myrteza Bajraktari and B.p. “Molla”, in Hotel “Apollonia”, 22:30.
The recording was made by P. Operativ, Lieutenant, Bajram Neli, assisted by the First Captain, Dedë Zefi.
O – Objects
B – B. p.
Entered the room at 22:30.
O – IT’S hotel very good (start speaking Yugoslav).
B – Did you find out about this last group that came out?
O – Yes, Hamdi, etc., he said that this job wanted speed, anyway, let’s wash our feet (they start speaking Yugoslav).
O – We need a plate.
B – Why, what do you want the plate, here you have the plate.
O – Besa, I do not know what to tell myself, I do not know how long this work will last, you met with Sheraf, or not, he came without documents with him, interesting?!
B – Eh, what did you find me with this leg?
O – Do you have a tooth?
B – Now I have numb.
O – When you came, I heard, I sent you greetings on paper, with Mazllum.
B – By letter, or…?
O – I do not know I swear, but when I found out that you came, then, I left not only because you came, as my close friend, but more about what I told you and to wait in Fier, to talk, also our purpose of arrival. I have asked to meet you before, I have prayed twice, but to our friends, a letter has come to you, I do not want to say anything. More, what time is it; I do not have the clock, (how badly B.p. tells him). You did not inform me well, by telegram!
B – I, needles, have not received a letter, what are you preparing for me?
Oh, I’m getting ready and I’ll tell you the three you told me.
B – Have you read anything about us here; is it fascism in power, capitalism or communism?
O – It has been many years since we came and we are waiting for the nail, in the countries of the West, it is better, when I came here, I said what place they say here, Seman, they told me, I said with self, prison.
B – No more, there are worse.
O – Where, in Goli Otok, Yugoslavia, when I came here, I came to find a way out for the Nation, because it is being done in both Algeria and Vietnam, and there the United Nations, do not even have to intervene to interrupt war, they are paying 1 in 50. Capitalist countries are much more developed.
B – But, nevertheless, these in a way will win, though, they have many difficulties.
O – Yes, this time, how will they do it?
B.p., – For China, it’s hard for them, that even those dolls, are nothing.
O – I owe it to myself, for my Nation, but it wants work, even during this time, I have done very little, we consider ourselves Kosovars, let my family find out, that I demoralize my friends, this is betrayal of the Nation, I never do this, no, because they will tell me that it is a joke, this job has a lot of trouble, believe me, and for that, that I do not lie to you.
B – I was in Tirana, it has become a modern European city, I stayed with my friends until 2.00, and you do not get to sleep.
O – Well, how do you remember, that the communists will let us act as we please?
B – Yes, yes.
O – What excites me, no behari comes with a flower, I there when I do not go, I know I leave friends here.
B – Then, how are we going to do it?
O – I have a friend for you, you for the other one, and so on, we will fill it for Tirana.
B – I do not agree.
O – You are a provocateur, they will say.
B – Why?
O – The Yugoslavs do not provide anything for these jobs. I assure you, for this work, when I say this, I say it, with conviction, always at any hour and in any place, I am ready to say this, that you are wrong, you have denied the rights of the Nation, this it’s not a matter of me dealing with you and being trampled on.
B – I understand, sometimes, it really is so, but now, after 20 years, to deal with this work, we are getting older and one day, we will go out with a stick in hand.
O – So…! Yes, brother, that I have in the Army, etc., I have taken into account that for this work, to sacrifice not only myself, but also my family, for the rights of the Nation, I have managed for both my sister and my brother to go and to go and return again, for the rights of our Nation, homeland.
For this work, we talk now, it is an honor to work for your Nation, I have asked to go to Turkey, and from now on, for the rights of the Nation and if we are sure I will return, I will not think, only for myself. I made a request to leave Semani, to cities like Fier, Elbasan, Vlora, Lushnje and as much as you can see the situation with Kosovars, even in the villages, and to gather. Memorie.al
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