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 judicial), of Myrteza Bajraktari, originally from Gostivar, who after graduating from 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 quickly dismissed. , after publishing an article openly against the displacement of Yugoslav Albanians to Turkey and, as a result, was appointed a teacher at 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”. His release from prison left him without a job until the fall of the communist regime and his appointment as Consul General of Albania in Switzerland, until 1993, as well as 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 secret document with the operative note drafted by the State Security Operational Worker, Besim Veizi, regarding the testimonies given by the writer Adem Istrefi, for Myrteza Bajraktari
Tirana on 9.12.1983
On 9.12.1983, we met on our part Adem Istrefi who was asked about the persons he had contacts with and who are of Kosovar origin and specifically about the arrested Selim Kelmendi. Ademi told him that his arrest did not surprise his social connections at all; as such a thing was expected. Selimi, had been put to everyone both in the school where he taught and in life and had left the impression that he was a Security man.
Then Ademi said that Selimi had a very close friendship with Myrteza Bajraktari because he has been connected with this person since he was in Kosovo. I said Ademi, at first I had friendship with Myrtezai but, since I witnessed his hostile activity, I no longer associate with him. I also know that Myrteza Bajraktari also has close ties with Agim Gjakova. Ademi also had a connection with the latter, as they did the work of creativity together.
Ademi also knew that Myrtezai had a connection with Osman Rustemi (Kelmendi) and this connection came after Osmani had a close friendship with Myrtezai’s gardener, Estref Kelmendi. In one case, Ademi said, when a group of athletes came from Yugoslavia, they were accompanied by a person who was the head of the UDB for Peja. This person was married to Myrteza Bajraktari’s granddaughter.
In addition, Ademi told me that Myrtezai claims to have been persecuted by the UDB, and also shows a sign he allegedly made of them. That sign was accidentally created for Myrteza. Ademi is predisposed to help the State Security organs, but his knowledge in this regard was small as he had been separated from these premises for some time.
Secret Operative Worker Document, Th. T., with the data of the Security collaborator with the nickname, “Shkëlzeni” who was sent to the cells of the Branch of Internal Affairs of Kruja, to dismantle Selim Kelmendi, the friend of Myrteza Bajraktari
Received from P.Op. Th.T.
Given by B.p. “Shkëlzeni”
Report dated 24.10.1983
The source informs that on 22.12.1983, Selimi told him that: tonight the investigator asked me to talk about others with whom I talked about the main task. The investigator told me that our names are in the process. I told him to get away from this point, and at some other point we would not stop, but the investigator refused to get out of this point.
I said Selimi, I realized that they do not have the names of Myrteza Bajraktar and Kristina Palit but, after I spoke to the investigator and explained about the assassination, they have names for witnesses, but neither Myrtez nor Kristina had them.
And then I asked him where could Myrtezai and Kristina be?! Then he said to me, “Every mountain knows its snow.” Selimi could no longer continue the conversation after this answer. On 23.12.1983, when he returned from the investigation, Selimi asked him how he did.
He said: my soul is coming to the tip of my nose because the investigator is not leaving me without speaking. It lasted me 8 hours, and a day 5 hours. He told me that I do not leave without you speaking. When I saw that I had nowhere to go, I talked about Niman’s arrival and the meeting with Zefi in Isuf Qyti, for the second time in September 1978.
The investigator also kept these notes. He told me that I am talking in half, but I will be asked about these later. To speak speaks, but speaks belatedly. Selimi said that your investigator will ask you other questions in the future. He told investigators I know nothing. On 24.12.1983, Selimi told him that he was not beaten here and that he was very upset.
The investigator does not leave me without speaking. I, it is convenient to be sentenced to 10 years, more than I had anticipated. But I want to go to camp with friends. We need freedom and in the camp we are fine and I am convinced that these do not last very long. They never fill 10 years.
A lot of mess has been created for them here. In no country in the world is there so much confusion where leaders are shot every two or three years. These will create other troubles for you and we will get out of jail. He told Selim that: as far as I understand, you will finish the investigation and leave me here. Selimi told me no, as he had many other jobs here and you will see for yourself.
Clarification: Selim Kelmendi is under arrest while Myrteza Bajraktari is a friend of Selim and Kristina Palit …………….. Are free.
Assessment: The data has operational value because Selimi talks about Myrteza Bajraktari and Kristina Palin, that they have no witnesses. This shows that these, have activity with each other and that B.p. makes agitation and propaganda.
Assignment: B.p. gave you the task, to talk to Selimi and you say that the investigator took me but I did not speak except those I spoke yesterday. The investigator told me you would talk but I refused, and so we parted.
Operational Measures: The data should be printed in four copies, for Selimi, for Myrtezain, for Kristina, and for the First Branch. The investigator should also be acquainted with the data.
The secret document with the extract drafted by the State Security Operational Worker, Sokrat Paskali, with the data of the Security agent with the nickname “Furtuna”, which was sent to the isolation rooms of the Kruja Branch of Internal Affairs, to decompose Selim Kelmendin
Tirana, on 9.12.1983
E K S T R A K T
Extracted from the data of B.p. of the isolation rooms “Shkëlzeni” processed by the arrested Selim Kelmendi, dated 20.12.1983
… Selimi said that this is about another close friend, Myrteza Bajraktari. He said whether Myrtezai had been arrested, Selimi answered no. He told her why they did not arrest him? This shows that he has afflicted you, and may even be your witnesses.
I understand this from the conversations you Selim told me about him. Selimi said that I do not believe that Myrtezai spoke about me. I know him well.
We talked before and after Myrtezai was released from prison. He told me what he removed from the investigator and how he stood unbroken and if he spoke, he would be severely punished. He even told me that: I, Selim, did not take you out and you saw how I stood in court where he was also a witness. He said to him: did Myrtezai have serious things if he spoke? Selimi said that we have all had dissatisfaction.
Antipathy for the main leader. We talked about the assassination in 1971, while Myrtezain was arrested in 1973, now I understand, I have the floor here and as soon as I speak, and we get documents, Myrtezain is arrested and once again (Selimi talks about this sometimes).
Confirmed the unit with the original
The secret document with the report drafted by the Operational Worker, Gjergj Gjoni, with the data of the Security agent with the nickname “Furtuna”, regarding the follow-up and surveillance of the family of Estref Kelmendi, the cousin of Myrteza Bajraktari
Received: Operational Workshop, Gjergj Gjoni
Granted: Agent “Storm”
Baza A.p. conspiratorial
Report i dt. 20.1.1984
On January 17, 1984, the source went to Estref Kelmendi’s house, and Estref’s wife, Lejlaja, told him: Myrtezai asked me how this source is? I told him the source, do not doubt, for such things. They have asked where this evil came from! “Myrtezai told me that the source in particular should not come home.”
Clarification of the data: The data refers to Myrteza Bajraktari, who is followed in 2 / A, by the Directorate of Internal Affairs in Tirana.
Evaluation of the data: The data has operational value due to the fact that the connections of the arrested person, Estref Kelmendi, order his wife not to let people go to his house.
Assignment for the collaborator: In conversations with Lejlana, tell her that I have in mind Myrteza’s messages, but, after making sure to come to your house, I cannot stay without coming to meet you, because it seems to me that I do not have come to you when you had no need of me. You were going to Tirana, I say goodbye to Myrteza.
The secret document with the report-information drafted by the State Security Operational Worker, Th. T., with the data of the Security collaborator with the nickname “Shkëlzeni”, who was sent to the isolation rooms of the Internal Affairs Branch of Kruja, to dismantle Selim Kelmendi
Received: Pun. Op. Th. T.
Date report, 1.2.1984
The source informs that after I left the investigator in the room, on 31.1.1984, in the morning, Selim Kelmendi asked him: how did you do today, after the investigator had shackled you a lot with bars and cut your hands. Yes, he said, he hugged me a lot, but even today I did not speak, and he found me close to the question he asked me, why did you come to Tirana and who did you meet, for this I am afraid that my Zefi did not speak, any words to me.
Yes, said Selimi, Zefi must have spoken, so the investigator shakes you and you are in vain to be held, because they do not leave you speechless, until you say everything and continued to tell him, that my investigator , are not looking to come yet, apparently they have made the plan to sue us.
After spending some time without speaking, Selimi threw the conversation to Shefqet Kelmendi and Estref Kelmendi, where he said: Shefqet has been smoking for about two years, while Estrefi only drinks some of them rarely. Estrefi and Myrteza Bajraktari are from Baxhan. Myrtezai and I, when we were in university, we were close friends and we did everything together, and in every country we were together.
When we were in university, Myrtezai and I spent more time in clubs, drinking, after we had plenty, than we went to class and class, we were among the weakest. In addition to Myrteza, at university I had two other friends, Estrefi and one from Peja, whose name is Ahmet, is now a teacher in Fushë-Krujë.
During the time that Myrtezai was a student, he got engaged to a girl here in Tirana, whose father is a shoemaker, in the house of his fiancée, Myrtezai became the owner of the house, this had two other sisters, one of these, he gave Estrefi, while the other, gave to Ahmeti, who now lives in Tirana, but works in Fushë-Krujë.
Ahmeti said Selimi, he was a close friend of my brother, Ymeri and when Ymeri was here, I stayed together in Seman, in a room, and when my brother, Ymeri, left, Ahmeti came and asked me. For the time I spent in Fushë-Krujë, said Selimi, I chose my friends and especially, I mostly stayed with those who were affected, I had close friends, Ali Kasmin, Mathematics teacher in the gymnasium of Fushë-Krujë.
Ali, if you told him to leave, iks student in the class, he would leave immediately, after this, I took Dritan Spahiu as a friend, he was hit, because he has his brother, convicted of hostile activities, also, I had a friend Kasem Biçokun, a teacher in Fushë-Krujë, who has been working in Tirana, but was hit, after his brother, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with these last groups.
With all three of these friends, we got along well with each other, and when we went to meetings to make sure we were doing the right thing, we made formal criticisms. For longer, the conversation did not continue.
Clarification: Myrteza Bajraktari, lives in Tirana and is a cousin of Estref Kelmendi, who was recently arrested, as well as Ahmet Sadiku, who lives in Tirana and works in Fushë-Krujë, as far as we know, in charge of Ahmeti, there are materials, because he is an immigrant.
Ali Kasmi, lives in Fushë-Krujë, is a teacher.
Dritan Spahiu, has a bad attitude, lives in Fushë-Krujë and works as a teacher.
Kasem Biçoku has a brother in prison, lives in Fushë-Krujë and is a high school teacher.
Assessment: The data has operational value, as Selimi has started talking to B.p. about his social connections, which are badly composed, and the UDB has given Selimi the task to stay with such people.
Task: Even today in the investigator, more Selim did not speak, although the investigator made it a policy for me to speak. At this point the investigator asks me, I am close and I do not know how to do it, as he does not release you.
Operational measures: Data to be printed in five copies, Selimi nji, Estrefit, Myrtezain, Ahmeti, Ali Kasmi, Dritan Spahiu, Kasem Biçoku.
The investigator should be acquainted with the data. In the direction of the above persons, turn to any B.p., to see their reactions, to Selimi. Memorie.al
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