The tenth 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
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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
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 ENVER HOXHA: Yes, there is nothing else in my diary, neither before nor after, about the legend, I have nothing written about this issue. Why did I write to you only because you and Beqir Balluk came to Dajt and told me about the enemies Teme Sejko and company, and the next day you arrested him? This means that the approval on my part was done only to be arrested.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Agreed, but I know that with your permission he was sidelined, he was assigned to go to the Academy; he also handed over his duties as commander of the Fleet.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Why did I assign him to go to the Academy, why do I assign the officers where they should go?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No, no, we proposed it to them and you said that you agreed to set it aside.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: No, I did not say that I agree, in case I said that I agree, I said this to be eliminated. How would I agree to send someone to the Soviets, with who we were at enmity?! Here, there is no logic at all. It is as Hekurani said that, at the time Khrushchev was cooking with the Americans, the 6th American Fleet could not attack Albania, when 12 submarines were in the port of Vlora. It was not an opportune political moment for the Americans to do such a thing.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: That’s what Teme Sejkoja said.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Teme Sejkoja gave them to him, but he can give this to him, because as they told him in his ear, we do not eat this in Kadri.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: So that they tricked him?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I don’t know who planned it.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: But how would this is done under those conditions?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes miro, why was this issue not analyzed at that time?
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: You had to analyze this at that time, who would analyze it?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, this should also be analyzed collegially.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: We have analyzed it, Comrade Kadri. We have analyzed that you had discovered a big conspiracy, with Teme Sejko at the head, in cooperation with the Greeks, with the 6th American Fleet, and with the Yugoslavs. This is how we condemned this conspiracy, even at the Party Congress, that is, we have analyzed this event. But it turns out that you, despite the fact that Teme Sejkoja could be any agent, did not analyze anything, that this work was planned by Mehmet Shehu, by Beqir Balluku and the Soviets, to tell us not to play tricks with the Soviets and the Soviet fleet, that they would attack us. We judge this now, but you don’t judge it like that even now.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, when you say this, it should be so.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Ah, not when I think about it, but when I think about it, the thorn has taken over the bridge.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It is possible; the case also has a logic that could be as you say.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: But why didn’t you also judge him then with this logic, because you say that you yourself followed Teme Sejko’s investigations. Then why didn’t you reason this matter?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, that’s all I could do.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: How do you say I managed so much?!
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Did you have any role in this matter?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: What role?
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: Here you are to encourage this.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: In this reasoning.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I don’t.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But who took this issue away from you, Halim Xheloja?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: And in which role, Comrade Ramiz?
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Well, in this matter.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Here is the organization of the arrest and the legend.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Of the arrest, of this legend of Teme Sejko.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I, yes.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: That’s what he’s asking you about.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: That’s what I’m asking you about.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: You ask about this, but it seemed different to me, and about that, and about the legend, my opinion was mine.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Was it your idea, or was it suggested?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I am confident that it was my opinion.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Did the Soviet adviser consult with you? What about Mehmet Shehu and Beqir Balluk, have they consulted with you on this matter?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: They probably consulted with us, because we gave them our opinion. This, it seems to me, was my opinion, and then they acted on this opinion.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: If this is what you say and we see that this is your opinion, was this in favor of the Soviets? How do you answer?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It is a mistake, this is my mistake.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: What do you think, why did it happen exactly in 1960, when Hysni Kapoja had gone to Bucharest?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Earlier, earlier, it was the month of June. Yes, we did not know.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: We know the history of Bucharest, but I’m sorry, let me tell you one more thing. We are in 1960, after Khrushchev was in Albania and you know very well that with him, we stayed here.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, yes, but Khrushchev was here in 1959.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: It was the year 1959, when we heard that he told us that he would not speak against Tito, while after his departure, the article against Tito was published in the newspaper by the order of Comrade Enver. This means that you knew that with the Soviets, we were on the knife and the point.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Yes, we had done all those analyzes in the Political Bureau on this issue.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: At that time we were at odds with the Soviets, you take an action in favor of the Soviets, to keep Albania connected to them, allegedly because the Americans were threatening us. How do you judge this action of yours?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: But who does it once? Please, I was doing what the Soviets asked me to do? The processing of Teme Sejko, they knew that they had their advisors here.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: No, they did not know, because in your self-criticism, you say that he had not told them anything, while they knew about this matter. Then, who had told them?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Who are you talking about, Teme Sejko?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, for Teme Sejko.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It is impossible that they did not know about this matter.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Then, who told them?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, they, the advisers Comrade Enver, worked under the heads of branches in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Well, what about you, their chairman, where did you work?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I also worked there, but everyone had their own job.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Where did you work, didn’t you work with Grebenik or who else was he?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I used to work there. That’s right, I was with Grebenik, but the Soviet advisers learned the events themselves and he knew it.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I know, I know, but that’s another thing, but you answered us, why do you say you didn’t tell the Soviets?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I have not told you in any way, Comrade Enver. Memorie.al
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