The sixth 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
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
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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: It is as Pali says, we reject the self-criticism you have made, now the task is to reflect the reflections in the self-criticism you sent us, they do not exist.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, Comrade Enver, this is how I judge it, because I have not been vigilant with these people, I have been naive with them.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: The problem is with everyone, it is not just for these people.
COMRADE RAMZI ALIA: Excuse me for a minute, Kadri, you were not alert. Okay, we accept that, now all the others who were with them, didn’t they say anything to you?
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: What about all these devices you had, what did they do?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: What were they telling me about?
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Like what did they say? You were a minister, and then you often hung out with the drivers, even with the simplest employees of the Security, which means that you had a lot of contact with people. Now why did you keep these contacts is another problem, but the fact is that you had contacts with many people. So, they didn’t say anything to you?! You couldn’t be blocked by Feçorri, Mihallaqi, or Halim Xheloja, but all these others didn’t say anything to you?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I was able to explain everything in my self-criticism.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: No, no, explain it to us here.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Dale, wait a minute. My mistake is that I could not manage to make understandable those guidelines and norms of the Party, which were assigned to the Security bodies and consequently…
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Well, we have been here for almost 30 years, Kadri, how come you didn’t have time to understand anything?
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Yes, that’s right, 30 years, the whole time you worked in Insurance, you Kadri, but those distortions that happened are understood even by a simple worker and peasant and not you!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Then what can we say about ordinary people who break mountains?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Wait a minute, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Well, let’s wait a minute, two more minutes, but tell us something.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Let me tell you, Comrade Enver, how I understand this matter, a view was created there for the communist comrades, for the leading cadres, so that…
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: Comrade Kadri, please tell us why this situation was created?
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: Yes, the Party had pointed out many times that familiarity, where you worked, was sick.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Well, Kadri, what you say was created, that is, this idea was created in you that we should not say anything about the leaders, about the fellow leaders. Now I am asking you a very specific question. Didn’t you know anything concrete and you compromised with them?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I assure you of this.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: No, no, he assures us. But you yourself say that this point of view was created so that for the comrades with responsibility, if there was something compromising, you should not say it.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Not compromising, please, because there are other things that are also compromising.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: You also tell us this in your self-criticism and you say it in Albanian, not compromising, but suspicions about enemies camouflaged in responsible places. Here, now I am asking you this question, did you make this your norm?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, no, because this was not just my norm, it was everywhere.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But where, everywhere?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: That in Insurance this became the norm, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Well, I am also asking you about this, because this had become a norm in Insurance, which means that it was also done for you. Now I’m asking you concretely, didn’t you know anything concrete about these enemies and you were compromised, you didn’t tell the Party at the right time and now you hold this position?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No.
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: I have another question. This has become a norm for you. Okay, but a few years ago, a coup group with members of the Political Bureau came out and overturned this norm. Therefore, it is normal that the first thing you had to do, after this time, was to say, take, what was this vile norm?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: What about these members of the Political Bureau, who are accusing these coup plotters? It must have occurred to you at once that why, according to this view, were we Trotskyists, accusing some leaders?
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Yes, that’s how it turns out, as if we’re doing Trotskyist work here.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, then why not?!
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: Then, it turns out that we must have violated this norm.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: Yes, then, it’s either one or the other.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, it’s not like that, O Pali, as I understand this matter now, the coup plotters were discovered and they were not discovered by the Security, this is known, they were discovered by the Party.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, yes, that’s what happened.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Now, the conclusion we drew then, based on the criticism that was made in the 6th Plenum, was exactly this.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: What is this?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It was that we had not assessed the facts correctly; we had not been oriented correctly, to look for the enemy wherever he was.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, yes. Were you doing this self-criticism in the Bureau? Did you then self-criticize that “we had these views and now we are working to eradicate them”?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I made a self-criticism, which I sent to you. I said that my mistake and that of the Security bodies was that we did not orient ourselves in the right direction, to look for the enemy where it should be and how it should be.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: Where would you orient yourself and how would you orient yourself?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, well no, yes…
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: No, no, yes, well, you answered us, where would you be oriented? Reply now?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, I’m from the Party…
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, the Party has been known to us since it was born.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, Comrade Enver, I agree, the Party was not only in the State Security bodies, there were also other people there.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Yes, in the Political Bureau we have spoken a hundred times, personally Comrade Enver has criticized you for the familiarity that has resisted and exists in the Internal Affairs bodies. How many times has the activity of the State Security been analyzed here in the Political Bureau, Comrade Enver has always pointed it out personally. So, you have considered this issue in your work, then, how did you reflect to discover the enemies?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, well, as much as possible, I reflected Comrade Rita.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: There is a problem why the Party has not been alerted by the State Security bodies for any of the hostile groups that have been discovered, there is no relationship or information for all the groups. However, you were a minister, you were a leading member of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, therefore the issue is not abused with a lack of vigilance, and this is exactly what needs to be clarified on your part.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No, this is another issue that you also know.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: And this other one, that precisely this sick familiarity that you had with all these people, who moreover are now all inside, since Mehmet Shehu who went to the asphalt of the devil, and all the others, like you explain it, is it possible that you haven’t seen it? Memorie.al
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