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 KADRI HAZBIU: My opinion is that you did not fight. In addition, you have favored the boy, why this is not about issues you have not seen. You saw, comrade Mehmet, the extravagances of your children, we call them children, but they are no longer children. Everyone has a car, a speedboat per head available! I called your companion, you were there too, and I said to him: what is happening like this? With the permission of Comrade Mehmet, he told me. Now reflect directly on what your friends are saying.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: After that, after we talked together, I took measures.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: The fact is that it is not right to speak in the Party like this, “I have fought”, “I have fought”. What you did then is superficial warfare. Even if I were in your country, I would say: Ore friends, I am responsible for this too, punish me for this too, that I have favored children. We can talk, comrade Mehmet that these things are coming out now, without telling you that your son has flown from Sweden to Germany, to watch a match. The same boy left to come to Tirana, passing through Denmark, the Netherlands, and West Germany and in Denmark he had another accident.
Why did this boy, as it turns out now, go to Paris when he was there and the other boy? Who are they? Who pays all these expenses? These are state money. For these actions you are saying yes, but we are also responsible, and for what we knew and did not act, we must answer to the Party. Two years ago, when I was Minister of Interior, we talked together, Comrade Mehmet, and I told you not to enter the itineraries of children, leave it to the relevant bodies. You built their itineraries yourself, not to go here, not to go there.
Why did you remove your guards and give them to the children, contrary to the wishes and rules of Jules Cirakur and his sector? We talked about these, Comrade Mehmet, therefore, since the case fell and Comrade Rita asked the question, I would like to emphasize them once again in order for you to reflect correctly. Things should not be rounded. We have also fought for our children not to have things like your children, because they also face daily influences, so we will definitely continue to fight to educate them. This war has not been fought in you, that is why the children have escaped from your hands. Here you and Fiqereti, should also look at the responsibility you have. The right is so to speak.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Comrade Mehmet, there is a rule that even a driver who works with us, should not go abroad with other jobs, because he knows many things. You, personally, have made the main guard available to the children. How is this explained?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, the guard can come, comrade Rita, from that side he can come.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Just as we work, the enemies work against us.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: The guard went with authorization.
COMRADE PHOTO ÇAMI: Here the issue is that it should be reflected, Comrade Mehmet. It cannot be said that you have fought; you may have actually made some small talk, the fact that the behavior of your children has become a problem in Tirana and elsewhere, outside Tirana, shows that you have not worked. Then you have created some favorable conditions for them. As your bride dresses, the question arises: where does she find those clothes? There are no such in the market. You see how you dressed for the day at home. Then why allow it? So, not only that the war has been shallow for you, I would say, on the contrary, you have created opportunities and conditions for them; it seems to me, facilities to manifest these performances more outside the home.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Not that I did not fight, but the fight I did was shallow.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I, comrade Mehmet, had to add to what was said, that you have encouraged and favored the children a lot and I say this to you conscientiously as a communist. Even when we talked together, I pointed out to you that I was reluctant to tell you what I was watching, why not tell you about things you saw yourself; it was not that I had learned something that you could not see. , and you understood.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: There is sentimentality in you, Mehmet, and you accept that yourself. These things exist in you. Even the comrades, whom he raises, do not invent them from the mind, nor do they raise them for evil. Here, there are some things I have not heard so far. These, too, have not been told to me, but here, for the good of the matter, they are said, and therefore they must be understood correctly.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: For example, the last case: Why did your son, who had just been engaged, go to Athens for a week to watch volleyball matches?!
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: Because of him, the movement of the team was even postponed, because he would have to leave a day later. But how do you allow these, comrade Mehmet?! What is this son like that?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But the deadline for the departure of the plane, why was it postponed?!
COMRADE PALI MISKA: By car, did the boy go to Greece?!
COMRADE LENKA ÇUKO: Did you go, with your friend Fiqret’s car?!
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I do not know that the deadline of the plane may have been extended, and for this I cannot lay and I say in vain that I know.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: If the boy would stay in Greece, with state allocations, to watch the matches, do you know Comrade Mehmet?!
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Yes, I know.
COMRADE LENKA CUKO: Do you know what Mrs. Fiqret gave the car and took the boy there?!
COMRADE RITA MARKO: What did your friend Fiqret, a member of the Central Committee, make the car available to you, did you know?!
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: A question was asked here: Is your arrogance momentary, or the result of arrogance?! It seems to me that my temperament is such that even in self-criticism I say that it reaches to arrogance. Even with children, I have this flaw.
COMRADE LENKA ÇUKO: If you had this with the children, then this would not be the case. As it turns out, you have a completely different attitude to children.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Deeper, look at this issue Comrade Mehmet that this is related to….!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: He says to the people: When you get hot, catch your ear. This is a proverb, which says that there is a social discipline here, but there is also a party discipline. We are all impulsive, we all have nerves, we all get angry, but in the end, we remember the norms and demands of the Party. We do defend the interests of the Party, from where we are, but we do it calmly.
COMRADE QIRJAKO MIHALI: Heating is not about arrogance.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: There is one thing, comrade Mehmet, that when we talk about impulsivity, the source of arrogance is not in impulsivity.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: It seems to me that it has its source there.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Look at it a little from the ideological point of view; do not look at it like that just without going deeper!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Arrogance is the offspring of arrogance.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: This is it, so look a little ideologically where arrogance comes from.
I, comrade Mehmet, think that I can become arrogant when I try to impose my opinion on another, and I have no arguments for that, so I use arrogance. It is the same phenomenon that happens with young children. Why do they use swearing, stones, and other tools forbidden to children?! They have no power, they are small and they want to impose their will on you. This, too, is an expression of arrogance. When a man, has no arguments to impose his opinion, he uses fists, and arrogance, i.e., shouts: Rest, shut up, do as I say, etc. Certainly in these cases with very poor words. This issue must therefore be viewed ideologically.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Arrogance is very dangerous when you are in high positions. It is generally dangerous, but when you are in high positions, it becomes even more harmful.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I am asked the question: Why in my self-criticism, does not touch anything from what Comrade Enver raised at the meeting of the Politburo on organizational issues. I, had finished self-criticism at this time.
COMRADE PROKOP MURRA: With the permission of Comrade Enver. Well, yes, this was asked of you by Comrade Simon, and Comrade Hekuran, and how much you will do the self-criticism for this work is another matter. A paragraph, you could have inserted it there, whether what Comrade Enver says is true, or not. That too, we could be helped. We will analyze this issue, but you do not seem to agree with fate?!
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: We are studying those problems.
COMRADE PROKOP MURRA: Well, at least one paragraph you can put there. Studying the issue thoroughly is another matter, but you should have spoken out on this issue. To say whether you agreed or not, with what Comrade Enver says. This, it must be seen a little carefully, seems to go further.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Of course I agreed with what Comrade Enver said, and I do not accept what I could have been against them.
COMRADE PROKOP MURRA: Well then, how come you did not say a word at least, but you do not say anything in self-criticism. I will say that you were in a hurry; you were even criticized for being late to issue self-criticism, one day after the meeting of the Politburo. At least you would have put a paragraph.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: There, many important things were raised on the style and method of work of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. It’s not the case to mention these here, because they are big problems. But, among other things, Comrade Enver raised the issue that the people in the apparatus of the Council of Ministers have been suppressed. With the method that has been used, the ministers have not been able to express the right opinions, etc. How did these not do to you, comrade Mehmet, to stop, to think, and to say, how am I going to start this self-criticism like this ?!
Not only that but this thing, reminded you here by the comrades of the Politburo. Well, they will be analyzed, they have been analyzed so far and many things that have been put in place. But the point is that you now have to reflect, because if you did not reflect, the wrong attitudes are not corrected. Of course they will be corrected, because the Party will correct them. But you should have stopped at this issue and given your opinion.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Of course these will be analyzed. I ask: If someone else made this mistake, how would you react? I said, I would not approve, but for my son I approved, for all the reasons I say there.
COMRADE PROKOP MURRA: This is a very contradictory logic. To the other, you would tell him not to do it, even though he might be a simple communist. And you, as Prime Minister, did not appreciate it, although in your case, the damage was much greater. How do you explain this, that you are both a leader in the Party line and a Prime Minister in the state line?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: If someone else made this mistake, I would tell him not to.
COMRADE PROPKOP MURRA: Look, look, how did you not tell yourself not to do it?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I explain in my self-criticism why I made such a mistake.
COMRADE BESNIK BEKTESHI: It seems to me that the fact that Comrade Prokop intervenes to ask again, means that despite the answers that Mehmeti has given so far to this question, we have not created full conviction. How can you tell another not to make this mistake and you do it? This needs to be explained a bit.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Comrade Besnik, it is for these reasons that I said that I made that grave mistake, by which I damaged the interests of the Party.
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: How do you assess this today that you told the other not to do it, while you allow yourself? Why do it yourself?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I should not have said that, I should not have acted like that.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Mehmet let me explain one thing. Listen to me. You, when I told you, made the mistake and of course you did it for all those reasons that were mentioned, but then you asked that these reasons be removed, because it would be presented to the Politburo and the Party. Now, on the one hand you say one thing, on the other hand you say the opposite of that, therefore the questions of friends, are necessary to be asked, they are also reasonable, trustworthy. If the explanation you gave to the question on the issue of sentimentality did not come to a head, that if it were for another, you would not allow it, etc., etc., then all these other questions would not be addressed to you. That is, you say that you made the mistake consistently, intentionally and deliberately, to mitigate the situation, you add to it something else. He does this to say that here: I am a man who reflects. Therefore, it is a natural question for friends to ask. Then explain why you did it?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: But for the others, Comrade Enver, there was a case that I recommended to you, when there was such a case, I told him to do it.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Why were you shocked? You were shocked to find out he was wrong. Why were you immunized?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I was wrong, precisely for these reasons.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Why? That you thought you were immune. You have made propaganda day and night that the Party must be protected from revisionist and capitalist pressure, while you yourself have exceeded the messages of the Party.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: I overcame it because I thought wrong.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Well, that’s why we should say that they are mistakes. Yes these mistakes have reasons and here is the issue. These reasons must be said, deconstructed, and not just to simply say “I made a mistake”! The error is understandable. Did you realize that is wrong? We want to know why he did it, what are the causes of these mistakes. In this analysis that we are doing, you do not delve into the causes; you stand on the issue of sentimentality. This does not explain its reasons.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: Yes, forgive me, why two lines?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: No, there is a discipline in the Party.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: Then why did you manage to break the discipline?
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: There is no discipline, but these were the reasons I was wrong.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: To put it bluntly, were you aware, Comrade Mehmet, that the Party would punish you for this mistake you made and you would accept the Party’s condemnation? Or did you think that the Party would not punish you? /Memorie.al
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