Part thirty three
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 MUHO ASLLANI: The first thing, until Comrade Prokop, communicated in the rally that he is also assisting the member of the Political Bureau, was it not necessary for him to say “Minister of People’s Defense”?! The people know you, as do those who were present there, even those who saw you on the TV screen or heard you on the radio, etc. So there was no need to make such a detailed presentation for you, until the main function was said.
Second, you told all your friends about this at a time when there was also friend Simon Stefani, and friend Foto Çami, as well as others. Therefore, why did you deepen this issue, to the other members of the Political Bureau?! You say that you spoke to both Comrade Hekuran and Comrade Ramiz about this matter. I think that you shouldn’t have done this either, but you should have asked more for yourself, as well as for all those who told you that they are spreading slogans against you. You told us that first an officer came to you, then a driver, etc., who spoke to you about these slogans.
While you, instead of asking them to account for where they heard these slogans from, and why they were dealing with rumors, despite the fact that they were talking about you, come and cry to your friends. Of course, even here in the Political Bureau, as your friends said, you are arrogant because you explicitly repeat the expression “Slowly slowly , the blame is falling on me”. Yes, yes, these blames will fall on you, why do you think, on whom else should they fall?! You committed these crimes because you were the Minister of Internal Affairs, so who can they fall on if they don’t fall on you?!
You did them, so you are also responsible. You say that you allowed familiarity between you and your main aides. For this issue, the Party and Comrade Enver have always instructed us not to fall into the path of familiarity, but to strictly demand the implementation of the Party’s duties. You should have introduced this spirit to the entire staff of the Ministry of the Interior, and of course now to the Ministry of People’s Defense.
In your self-criticism, you ask the Party to clarify the hostile activity developed in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. I think that in the first place, you should do this because you know more than anyone about this hostile activity. Comrade Enver always orders us to strengthen revolutionary vigilance. You have weakened this vigilance, you have completely lowered it, and you have surrendered everything they have asked for to the Soviet revisionists and their allies. For this, you need to dig deeper and explain to the Political Bureau why you did all this and why all this activity was discovered by Comrade Enver’s Party, and not by you.
I agree with the proposed measures, that Kadri Hazbiu be expelled from the Central Committee, from the Political Bureau, be dismissed as a minister, and leave it to the basic organization of the Party, where he militates, to judge whether he will be a member or not .
COMRADE LLAMBI GEGPRIFTI: Now, in order not to repeat the problems that my friends said, I am submitting the discussion that I have prepared in full in writing, I just want to say that I stand in solidarity with the proposal that all my friends made for Kadri Hazbiu. I carefully studied the self-criticism of Comrade Kadri Hazbiu, in order to get to know and learn the reason why the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with Comrade Kadri at the head for decades, did not have the opportunity to detect and attack even a group conspirator against the Party, against the People, and against Albania?!
Why did Comrade Kadri, in his work and activity as Minister of Internal Affairs, make all those serious mistakes, for which he is being held accountable here today?! In his self-criticism, we expected to learn the causes, sources, and true reasons for his mistakes, faults, and shortcomings in his activity as Minister of Internal Affairs. But what we expected, we did not see in him.
In his self-criticism, he does not find such a thing; on the contrary, he tries to hide them, not to tell the truth as it is, even in many cases he asks to share in his grave faults and mistakes in the Central Committee of ALP. Or throw them to other comrades of the Central Committee sector, including comrade Hysni Kapo. In this self-criticism, it does not appear at all where lies his great responsibility as Minister of Internal Affairs that has left the Party and especially Comrade Enver, fully exposed to every kind of great danger that has been organized and undertaken by conspiratorial groups for decades in a row.
“On me – you say, – the pressure of the enemies that surrounded me affected me and without conscience I fell into this mistake that has seriously damaged me”. But don’t you say what are the real reasons and causes that the pressure of the enemies that surrounded you, has subdued you, and has made you its own by realizing its effect on you?! You don’t tell us at the same time what is your ideological gap, on which effect did this pressure have?! Why haven’t the teachings of the Party and Comrade Enver, which you in particular, had always had close to you and constantly applied?!
You have even maintained with the students of the Party School about the class war, about the all-round pressure that the external and internal enemies exert on us. Then you, who spoke with such zeal and strength, about increasing vigilance to keep your eyes open to the enemies, why did you fall on your knees before the pressure of the enemies?! Why didn’t you create even the slightest doubt about their continuous hostile activity?! How can we accept that you have fallen into these mistakes without conscience?! No one accepts this.
Actions and work as a whole, as everywhere, but especially for the nature it has in Insurance, are measured and well weighed. Therefore, what you have done is a fully conscious activity. At a certain moment, a person can do something wrong, but when he realizes this, he reflects on the mistake made the next day. As for you, it is not about a mistake of the moment, but about a succession of mistakes and flaws throughout your work as Minister of Internal Affairs.
Let’s think for a moment that your mistakes and shortcomings were made without any bad intention, but we cannot say that they were done unconsciously on your part. On the contrary, they have become aware and without the knowledge of the Central Committee of the ALP and secretly from it. “Another mistake in my poor work – you say – I see it in the lack of determination to raise issues and things as I thought, wherever and whenever”. For those of us who know you, this excuse seems completely unfounded and strange.
Like my friends, I think that you have never lacked the determination to raise issues where they should; on the contrary, I would say that in this direction you are very advanced. You have raised various problems and issues before Comrade Enver’s Central Committee, even recently, as you said yourself, you have informed Comrade Enver, and you have done well for the work of this or that scientific group in the army, for the tractor. DT-75′, to adopt and turn it into an armored vehicle in wartime, and other problems like these.
Then how is it explained that for cardinal problems of special importance, for work in Security, you have not raised anything before the Party and Comrade Enver?! Why did you do this, you don’t give us explanations that we demand to know?! Below in your self-criticism, you say something that contradicts what is said above. “I emphasize that I have not missed the opportunities to explain things to Comrade Enver”.
This is true, that’s why we want to know why you didn’t explain things to Comrade Enver?! As it turns out, you are limited to raise them only to the enemy Mehmet Shehu, on whom you depended as a minister. Therefore, you did not answer this very important question that was asked at the meeting today, but you tried to deceive us by saying: “I informed the Central Committee”, etc.
You point out that “comrade Hysni’s absence at this time, when such delicate issues are being analyzed and related to my correctness towards the APS Central Committee, makes it difficult to clarify many of them”. Where is this correctness of yours towards the APS Central Committee?! You call correctness, your action that you have never informed the Central Committee about the problem of our foreign agency?! Do you call the fact that since 1955, the Soviets had full knowledge of our agency, and the Central Committee of the ALP knows nothing about this?!
Do you call it correct, that since 1959 you have sent instructions to the Operative Worker in Moscow that, to the Soviet Security organs, all our agents should be put in touch with you?! What do you call correctness, secretly sending to the Central Committee the lists, photos, and documents of our collaborators, the KGB?! Didn’t the latter constitute a suitable agency contingent for the Soviet revisionists, and the latter took advantage of this opportunity that you gave them?!
Even today, with all the great help given to you by your friends and Comrade Enver himself, bringing you knew facts to help you, as well as a series of advices, you are still not reflecting, and you are not helping the Party either , not even yourself, to take out the great responsibility you have, do you call this correctness?! What do you call correctness, sending a large and important volume of secret documents of our Security, the school of Security in the Soviet Union?!
You addressed that school under the pretext of: “to teach our students”, but this, in my view, was done by trick to hide the real purpose that in fact all those documents were handed over to the KGB which , has diligently used them to realize her goals. So these documents have entered the work not of our students, but of the Soviet Security. Many of these materials that we read are not available to this day, nor are our higher school of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, for the reason that due to their secret nature, there is no reason to have them. Then why should the KGB school have them?!
And all this was done behind your back. What do you call correctness, all this serious action?! You say that you do not remember whether or not you had authorized the enemy, Llambi Peçini, to officially give the Russians the materials that we read, and that normally they should have been signed by you or, in your absence, by a deputy minister. However, this material is signed by the Secretary of the Secretariat of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with your request and order. Even this, it is very normal to be signed by him and not by you, considering the instance to which these documents were addressed.
The fact that Llambi Peçini, has been an agent of foreigners since that time, could not allow him to sign such a secret document, otherwise he would be revealed as the agent he was. So even the most elementary logic leads you to judge that you were the one who ordered the sending of the documents, and not Llambi Peçini, as you claim. You say that the absence of Comrade Hysni makes it difficult to clarify many of these problems. Here you make another mistake, as you try to make friend Hysni a partner in your actions.
We are convinced that friend Hysni was not aware of these actions that were done with the agency of foreign countries. The documents we have speak for this in the absence of Comrade Hysni. Comrade Hysni in 1975, when he wrote to the enemy Mehmet Shehu about the collaborators of the local security, he had no knowledge of them at all. So how can we believe that he did not know about these issues in 1960?! Then you, as the Minister of Internal Affairs, should have informed the First Secretary of the ALP Central Committee, Comrade Enver Hoxha, about these important problems. Memorie.al
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