The seventh 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 KADRI HAZBIU: I familiarity?
COMRADE PALI MISKA: Yes, you had much greater familiarity in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, that’s another matter, but I didn’t have any special familiarity with the other comrades.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: Yes, you say it yourself in your self-criticism, Kadri.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: No, no, you had familiarity and a very special one.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Look, let’s not theorize here. The point is that you had formed the concept that to call out the hostile activity of a leading element is Trotskyism. Is that so?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Not quite like that, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, you express this in your self-criticism, so don’t go out there, self-criticism says so. You know that the Commander of the Military Fleet is a personality, don’t you?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, it is a personality.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: So, did you come and inform the Party about this man?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: As you order.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, why did you come?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: That the spy came out.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: What about the others, haven’t they turned out to be spies?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Not for us, we didn’t think they came out.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: What about Beqir Balluku, didn’t he turn out to be a spy and organizer of the Tirana Conference?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: During the time I was in the State Security bodies, it did not happen like this.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, yes, we are talking about the time you were in charge of this department. In the minutes of the investigation for Hulusi Spahina, after he was arrested, it is said: “I went to Beqir Balluku and explained the organization of the Tirana Conference, that we have this and this person in cooperation. This is on the record, you were a minister, and did you not get impressed by this?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, yes, even today I don’t know anything about this.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Oh, I don’t know that, but then, what do you know? If you don’t know anything, then you have let your enemies work as they wish at the head of the Party.
COMRADE PROKOP MURRA: What about this friend Enver, he told us that he worked with the investigative bodies, how come he doesn’t know anything about this work?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, slowly, slowly a bit.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Don’t tell us slowly, slowly. Well, we will keep our voices down, and you will also explain these issues to us, slowly slowly.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I am telling you that I did not know what Hulusi Spahiu said!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But who knows this, how is it possible that you don’t know what you should know?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: How do I know how many materials have arrived and given to me!
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: However, you should have asked for these things yourself, Comrade Kadri.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: If you did not deal with these very important and delicate problems, for which the Party had put you there, what did you deal with then? How is it possible that you did not see these things?
COMRADE PROKOP MURRA: It was taken by a simple thief.
COMRADE QIRJAKO MIHALI: I’m sorry Comrade Enver, I will remind Comrade Kadri of an order you gave him after the discovery of Beqir Balluk’s hostile activity. You say: “It is necessary for the organs of the dictatorship to thoroughly and deeply investigate the hostile work of these bandits, their internal and external connections, the forms and methods they have used in this direction. It is absolutely necessary to prove the breadth of the conspiracy, how far the threads of the organization go inside and outside the army, inside and outside the homeland”. How did you get these concrete orders from Comrade Enver?
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: These were the heads and these were the threads.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: Where is a record of Hulusi Spahi?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: These materials have been deposited.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: I’m sorry to tell you something about this issue: A letter from Llari Post addressed to Hasan Reç has been found. In this letter, Hasan Reçi expressly writes that “Mjekra (Mehmet Shehu) is familiar with this letter, tell him why he didn’t write us the report, to give us a little report on the work”. This letter is in the file of Hasan Reç, in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, have you seen this?
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: Llari Posti, he was an agent.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: He was an American agent and was released from prison in 1949, don’t you know?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: When, Comrade Ramiz was the case of Hasan Reci dealt with?
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Yes, what can I say about this, you had the files there, in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: We definitely had the files there, but at that time I was in another country, I was not in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: Well, the files had to be opened; all of them had to be read.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: That’s right; they had to be opened from time to time.
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: Yes, she especially needs to be seen, by you Kadri.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: It’s good that Hasan Reçi’s file was “at my aunt’s”, but Hulusi Spahi’s, where was it?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I am responsible for this?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Which ones are you talking about?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, oh, for what you say, why did they happen? If someone were to tell me later at that time that this is how this matter is and I did not come to the Central Committee to say…
COMRADE PALI MISKA: Yes, hostile activity is taking place there.
COMRADE LENKA CUKO: All the deputy ministers you have had have come out with anti-party and hostile attitudes and now you tell us that you don’t know anything?
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Are you allowed not to look at the main files? Then in your self-criticism, you say that you dealt with the investigation day and night, that you had seen the Security with concern. How did you look at safety with concern then, when you haven’t seen all these things, all these exponents? That’s what you say yourself, and then tell us, how did you see the issues with concern?
COMRADE LENKA CUKO: You tell us that “I was worried about the work of the Security”. Then why didn’t you come to tell this concern to the Central Committee?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, it worried me, yes, yes, if I had known about these issues, that’s another matter, I’m saying that I didn’t know.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Well, you say that if I had known, that is, that you did not know, whereas I think that you knew and did not tell the Party. Could this be the case?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: If it is so, Comrade Enver, if it is so, I guarantee you…!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How do you guarantee us?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: That I have not hidden anything from the Party.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: You guarantee with words, but what do the facts show?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Those facts that exist, let them say, but logic says as I say.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Well, Kadri, when we were at this table the first day that we called you and demanded an account of these issues at the meeting of the Secretariat, when the problem arose as to what these letters were that Llambi had sent to the Soviet Union Peçini, in your name, here are all of us who were there that day, you answered us that such documents were sent there, and even others may have been sent, because they were given to the school, while in self-criticism, you tell us that this was done behind your back and against you. Now, which should we believe your first statement, or what you tell us now?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I say as I said.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: No, now you are not telling us the way you said that day!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: As I said, that same day I was completely surprised when you called me.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: How did you want to take the entire state archive to the Soviet Union?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No, friend Pali, pleases now…
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: Not you, but you listened with great attention to everything that was read that day, one by one, and it is exactly as Comrade Ramiz said. I also had this question, but I was exhausted when you said that they are, how they move, and there are others, you said!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I said and I say it again, Comrade Adil, that this may have happened, I don’t know exactly this matter, but that such documents may have been sent, they may have been sent, because the Soviet advisers in the Ministry had the open door to take anything.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: No, no, how did they have the door open to take everything?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Why did the Soviet advisers have the door open?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: So was Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: It was not like that in any ministry. In Stalin’s time we called in various Soviet advisers. Likewise in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At first they were only with you and did certain tasks, 12 advisors were completely in all state apparatuses and at the right time, they left, and when you came to head the Ministry of Internal Affairs, they became about 50 people, I don’t know how many there were. And why? Memorie.al
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