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 finishing 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 extract issued by the Operational Worker Et’hem Bakaj, with the data of the Security collaborator with the nickname “Bredhi”, which was sent to process Shefqet Kelmendi, in the isolation rooms of the Internal Affairs Branch of Kruja where he was kept under arrest
Tirana on 4.4.1984
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Taken from the agency report of B.p. “Bredhi”, dated 4.4.1984, which processes in the isolation rooms the object Shefqet Kelmendi, m in 2 / A, as an agent in the service of the Yugoslav Intelligence.
… During the conversations, Shefqeti spoke to him about Selimi, telling him that he had a close friend, Myrteza Bajraktari. When Myrtezai was arrested, Selimi and a group of friends sent Myrtezai’s wife 600 lek per month until he was released.
Similarly, Selimi refused to testify against Myrteza, despite the threats they made, but Selimi and I were impressed that, after the trial, an officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in charge of Kosovo, Skënder Backa, met Selimi and thanked him for his manly attitude and said: “Kosovars, it is a shame to be a witness to Kosovars.”
We, continued Shefqeti, had close friendship with Rustem Gjata (me and Selimi), who is now in the Supreme Court, Rustem spoke respectfully to us about Skënder Backa and told us that he was released, for health reasons, that he would he was sent as ambassador to several states, but the states did not accept him. I have high hopes that our process will have Rustem that he is a good man, we had a friend and he will favor us.
In one case, Shefqeti explained to him that the Lezha Branch of Internal Affairs had proposed my arrest dozens of times, but the ministry did not accept it. For a long time, someone in the Ministry of Internal Affairs has supported me and I am sure that Skënder Backa and Feçor Shehu, when they were in position… Skënder Backa, in one case told Selimi that: Shefqeti has a bad job and the alarmed Selim came and told me, but nothing happened until now later!
The secret document with the report compiled by the Operational Worker, Et’hem Bakaj, with the data of the Security collaborator with the nickname “Bredhi”, which was sent for the processing of Shefqet Kelmendi, who was kept isolated in the isolation rooms of the Branch of Works Interior of Kruja
CLUE: B.p. “Fir”
Took: P.Op. Et’hem Bakaj
Report dated 16.4.1984
The source informs that on April 14, 1984, when Shefqet Kelmendi was questioned in the dungeon about the investigation, he answered that: the investigator came to me at the envelope I was receiving at the border. I denied it at first, but as I told you, I do not want to spoil it with the investigator and I told him that I will think and give an answer. Shefqeti said: if you see that problems have arisen, or arise, better answer correctly.
Continuing the conversation, Shefqeti told him that: I also have a good relationship with the investigator and I have no interest in ruining them, but to resist, I will resist. Today he asked me again about Selim’s friends and my friends and about the meeting place.
I spoke a little about my friends, and about the meeting place I gave the first answer “in the car”, but the investigator did not accept. I see that for friends, I will be forced to speak. So for Namik Luca, I will tell the truth that he is arrested and he will also speak.
I will explain that after I took office from Qamil Muhaxhiri and Ramizi, I went to Namik’s house and talked. Namik, when he learned that Selimi also agreed, agreed. We have met several times and decided to terrorize the main Party leader and the embassy.
Namik was unhappy, on all sides and showed willingness, but we were not able to do anything. Even for Estrefi, I will give some explanations, although I have said some things to him, but I will admit that I have communicated his tasks and that together we have made efforts.
I have a bad job for Myrteza Bajaraktari, in fact Myrtezai was unhappy, but I rarely met him. Selimi met him more because he had a close friend and Selimi told me that Myrtezai, agrees with the tasks and is ready to cooperate with us.
The investigator also asked me about Kristina Palin. In fact, Kristina talked to Selimi about escaping and spoke openly against the Party and the state. If Selimi told her to do this job, even if she shot the leader with a weapon, she would do it, but I do not know how to talk to Selimi about this job, right?!
I will admit that she only agitated against the Party and the state. For others, to give explanations Selimi, yes there were. He said: What about Bardhyl, did he ask you? Shefqeti replied that, no. At first they asked, but not now, ishalla escapes because he is a man with troubles.
On April 15, 1984, when he returned from the investigation, Shefqeti told him that: the investigator asked me and took four minutes: For Ramiz, for Namik, for Kristina and last for Myrtezai.
I gave explanations and the investigator remained somewhat pleased but told me he explains briefly and I actually, briefly tried to speak. For Ramiz, I spoke at length, mentioning what I remembered and the others, I tried to protect them, but I have nothing to do with them.
When I speak for myself, I will not even ask too much about others. The most frugal I told was about Kristina and Myrtezain. Let Selimi talk about them, because he was closest to them. If he defended them, they will not be arrested, or else they will be arrested.
Shefqeti said: I often miss the year 1973, and in one case, the investigator asked me: is 1973 related to the start of the activity? I denied it. We talked about terror in the summer of 1982 and left it to carry out the terror at the inauguration of the Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja, on January 17, 1983.
We talked about this work other times, but words remained. So we have committed two stages of the crime: that of conversation and preparation, so we have it easy to punish, that we did not pass to other stages, as attempted and so on.
Speaking about the meeting place, Shefqeti told him that: he will insist that we had the meeting in the car. You understand where these people are, they suspect that we met in a house, but I will not talk to you about this problem so easily. He asked how work is. Shefqeti said: you understand, but I will not talk about another country, they are just insisting for a long time.
In one case, Shefqeti asked him: Did the UDB organize economic sabotage? He said yes. Shefqeti further explained that in the village of Shën-Koll of Lezha, there is a stable for raising horses. Two or three years ago, many horses were poisoned and it was not clear what the cause was.
In fact, some people were convicted of negligence and fined millions of ALL. The horses hit a stone on the head and died. It was not determined what the cause was, but some poisoning must have been. He said: maybe it’s our hand. Shefqeti said: he can, he does not know.
-Since Shefqeti talks briefly about the problems of his investigation, even after his return, tell him that: today I accepted that I would take the envelope to the box and leave it, which he would bring to me, or give to Ali….! The investigator asked who the envelopes were for, but I told him that my only duty was to give them to Ali. The investigator was not satisfied, but I insisted. The investigator told me: think I will pick you up again tomorrow…!
-Data has value. The object Shefqet Kelmendi, implicates in joint hostile activities, Namik Lucin, for the act of terror, Kristina Palin, for escape tendency and suspicions for terror, and Myrteza Bajraktari, for whom he says that in the investigator I defended them, without explaining exactly, those who have committed.
-Shefqeti says that he is aware of diversion through poison in the horse stables in Lezha and connects this conversation with the tasks given by UDB, but without giving explanations, for the author.
The report was printed in seven copies, for Shefqet, Selim and Estref Kelmendi, Namik Lucin, Myrteza Bajraktari, Kristina Palin and the agency file.
– An extract will be issued for Bardhyl Kelmendi and handed over to the Internal Affairs Branch, Durrës.
-To extract the extract for horse poisoning and send it to the Lezha Branch of Internal Affairs, for verification and to be placed in the search file of the author.
The managers will be acquainted with the data, and the investigator will be informed of its content.
Take Myrtezain back under surveillance. Let’s find Ismail Tërshana and… ! This one has a close connection with Aishe Shima, so through this or directly, we can direct him to Myrtezai, although there are no reports about him.
Secret document with the report compiled by the Operational Worker, Simon Qirici, with the data of the Security collaborator with the nickname “Galeci”, who was in charge of tracking and surveillance of Myrteza Bajraktari, in the city of Tirana
Taken: P.Op. Simon Qirici
Give: B.p. “Galeci”
Report dated 28.2.1984
The source, according to the order he had, on 24.12.1983, went to visit the house of Myrteza Bajraktari. There he found another woman, whom Myrtezai introduced to him, that she was Aishe Shima, with a job as a secretary in the District Court.
Myrtezai told her that: with this we were together in that beautiful place (it was about Semani, where the source with Myrtezana, were interned), then Myrtezai went on to tell about their internment in Seman of Fier, saying that : before leaving the camp, General Nevzat Haznedari went there with the former Branch President, Abedin Tajari.
They had a meeting with the remaining Kosovars, Nevzati told them that the camp would be demolished, who is for school to continue, who is for work, he would be given a job and so, they took us to Çermë of Lushnja. A Kosovar named Musa Bërdyna, who was suffering from a nervous system, got up and said: “So far, you have told us Yugoslav, now tell us Kosovar brothers, school was what we did here for eight years, now let us go in our country”.
Abedin gestured to Nevzat to show him that Musa was flawed. Musa saw this gesture and turned to you saying: “Are you not a fool?” The source was he at that meeting, but such a thing, as Myrtezai points out, he does not remember happening.
At one point, the source asks Myrtezai, saying: “Yes, is it Ymer Kelmendi’s brother, that this fool had in the room”?
Myrtezai realized that it was about Selim Kelmendi who was arrested and answered briefly: “Yes, he is.” The source said: as if they were three brothers? Yes, said Myrtezai, but one who was in Shkodra, has returned.
Meanwhile, Myrtezai’s wife, brought something for rent and Myrtezai, changed the conversation, talking about the house he had taken to the palace where he lives, Myrtezai said that he had suffered a lot to get this apartment. In the Committee, they had told him that he did not have a permanent passport. Myrtezai had replied that he really had a permanent passport in Skopje, but even here there is some passport. Memorie.al
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