Memorie.al publishes a voluminous archival file issued by the institution of the Authority for Information of Former State Security Files, where there are hundreds of documents with the logo “Top secret” belonging to the former political prisoner, Xhavit Qesja, originally from the city of Kruja, whose family during the period of occupation of the country, 1939-1944, was closely associated with the Anti-Fascist Movement, being one of its main bases and made available all the wealth it had, as Xhavit was one of the first members of the Albanian Communist Party for the Kruja district, leading the Kruja-Ishëm partisan battalion and the 22nd Assault Brigade. Xhavit Qese’s political career after the end of the War, where he was appointed and served in senior positions in the Albanian Army, the apparatus of the Central Committee of the ALP, and several districts of the country, from where he was sent to study in the Soviet Union, where stayed until 1957, when he was announced to return to Albania urgently, after openly expressing his views in favor of the political line being pursued by the main Kremlin leader, Nikita Khrushchev, condemning the Stalin cult. Enver Hoxha’s conversation with Xhavit Qesen in his office in the Central Committee, where he sharply criticized him for the wrong views he had expressed during his studies in Moscow, urging him to reflect and make self-criticism, but Xhavit rejected the suggestion of the first secretary of the Albanian Labor Party, which caused him to no longer be allowed to go to the Soviet Union to complete his studies, but to be sent to work as deputy chairman of the Elbasan Executive Committee, from where a year later, he was expelled from the Party and exiled to Zvërnec Island, where the communist regime kept isolated some of the former senior party and state cadres whom he had condemned for their anti-party views. Xhavit Qesva’s long ordeal and persecution from 1957 to 1990, where he spent a full 32 years in prison and internment, being one of the few convicts in Burrell Prison who went on long hunger strikes in protest of the treatment and savage attitude of the communist regime of Enver Hoxha towards him. The complete form, investigative and judicial file in charge of Xhavit Qeses, which is published for the first time by Memorie.al, which contains the documents of the former State Security that reflect the prosecution and wiretapping against him, the reports of Security collaborators with pseudonyms their correspondence with the letters he sent to the highest party and state instances, as well as the highest leaders of the ALP, until 1991 when he was released from prison!
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Report-information of the Operational Worker of Burrel prison, Vehap Kuka, with the data of the Security collaborator with the nickname “Butrinti”, regarding the conversations made by some convicts in Burrel prison, such as: Xhavit Qesja, Maqo Çomo, Vaskë Gjino, Todi Lubonja, Fadil Paçrami, Bardhyl Belishova etc.
Received from P.Op. V.Kuka
Given by B.p. “Butrinti”
Xhavit Burrel on 16/7/1983
R e p o r t
He announces that regarding the 40th anniversary of the People’s Army, the anti-party convicts showed a disrespectful attitude, especially when the order of the day was given by the Commander-in-Chief, the most typical in this attitude were: Maqo, Bardhyli, Xhaviti, Fadili and Todi , the latter two heard only the President’s opening speech. After giving the floor to the Minister M. Popullore, they left with contempt and contempt.
But the most counter-demonstrative and demonstrative was the attitude of V. Gjinos. This was the bathroom-service queue. Specially entered and exited the room, sometimes in the bathroom, to make noise. The next day he tends to ask the question: “This order of the flag is given even in time of peace… ?! The same one named M. M. Popullore, with what decoration was he adorned?! ”. These questions, through which he expresses not only his dislike, but his hatred, he asked in the presence of Todd and Xhavit. No response from them. He said: “O Vask Gjino, why do you ask the questions backwards? That you know very well the motives for which they are given, you listened to whom and what he gave you. Other than that you do not like it”?!
Vaska said: “I change the meaning. ”When I was young, I enjoyed them, but then I lost all pleasure.”
He reports that they were waiting for the arrival of the newly convicted, or rather they thought, because through Rrahman, they knew that they had been convicted. All four have known and have known each other for a long time. Although some have been convicted for decades, such as: Maqo, Xhaviti or Bardhyl who is the youngest in age and despite the changes they have undergone on the outside, this has not erased anything from memory.
They were welcomed and helped to settle down. Above all, there was an interest in learning about their attitude, the reasons and motives why they were convicted and as a source of information to know the situation abroad. Thus began a new process for them. They were asked in detail when they were arrested, where their families are, who they witnessed and even intimate matters.
The newcomers said that the investigation was correct towards us, says M. Prodani, no pressure was exerted, either directly or in any other way. Only in the first days in Berat in one case, the chief investigator threatened me. I answered. Yes, we were quickly withdrawn from Berat. In Tirana we were in good condition…! I was sick. He was careful as if I were in the hospital. Without this help I would have finished.
We also had disagreements with the investigators, they asked questions, asked for answers, and listened to opinions. I have openly admitted to both the investigator and the court what belongs to me. The party lost faith, but I told him and I will only tell the truth. Our sentence is a continuation of the sentence given to B. Balluku…! The question arose; who helped the coup plotters escape punishment? What can I tell you?! I did not know, I do not know anything, neither about them, nor about myself.
As for the present, these 10 years, no one asked us, nor did they have to ask us. I was with the kids at the time I was working. We were isolated. We did not meet anyone. It happened that when we went out on the street, in some cases, our children were put behind us; they insulted us and threw stones at us. At work, even in the family, they followed us. Ilo Prifti was sewn for me as a postage stamp. I go to work as in one case, openly admit, that he was asked to know and report on me. But why did you get dirty at my expense, will you save yourself and your son?! If you have not been asked, neither slander nor provoke. “And if you do that, I have a pickaxe on your head.”
Halim Ramohito, in a brief conversation with him, told him: “I have been to key places. We are showing gullibility, starting from the thought that this is how he is and this is how he is, regardless of the line. In this way we harmed the Party and the woe to the children, the district. In the investigator for a while I lost it completely. I suffered from nerves. “I am somewhat better now.”
According to others, he has felt it more.
Clarification: Maqo, Fadil, Bardhyl, Xhaviti, Todi and Vaska, are convicted anti-party, are being pursued in active processing 2 / A for agitation and hostile propaganda, with the exception of Bardhyl who is being prosecuted as an agent of Soviet Intelligence.
Ad .Sadiku, Mehmeti, Abazi and Halimi, are convicted anti-party, have been convicted recently.
Assessment: The data has operational value, because it shows the interest of older convicts, to learn about the attitude of young people in court and investigation, for what crimes they have been convicted, who has testified, interest to learn about the situation outside, the reactions of some of the newly convicted emerge.
Task: Bp, gave you the task to talk to the anti-party convicts in general, but also in particular to each, regarding the conviction of these young people, to find out how much they knew about the intelligence activity of the enemies M. Shehu , K. Hazbiu, F. Shehu, et al. Why is all this interest of the old convicts for the young?!
Operational Measures: The data should be studied by the leaders of the Branch, printed according to the implications, used for information in the Ministry and for the Bulletin of hostile slogans of the month.
Without. Vice President of the Branch of Internal Affairs
The secret document of the Burrel Branch of Internal Affairs, with the conversations made in the prison of that city by the convicts: Muhamet Prodani, Vaskë Gjino, Todi Lubonja and Xhavit Qesja, which were uncovered by the interceptions with Operational Technicians
SOCIALIST PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC Secret
OF ALBANIA Copy No. 2
Ministry of Internal Affairs Group II
Department of Home Affairs, Burrel 23. 7.1983
Reproduction is prohibited!
M – Muhamet Prodani
V – Gjino bath
T – Todi Lubonja
Xh – Xhavit Qesja
…………………………………… Clarifications of the Operational Worker, T. Operative
I N F O R M A T I O N
On running with T.O. of the anti-party convicts, Muhamet Prodani, Vaskë Gjino, Todi Lubonja and Xhavit Qesja, on 14.7.1983
T – More this Sulo Kozeli, where is he?!
M – In ……… (Not understood)
T – It continues to be there, huh…?
M – There it is.
V – Yes there can.
M – No I say, he is there because he met Abaz Fejzon, he is there now.
V – But I do not know that a boy was arrested?
T – Mos more…!
M – …ëëë…
T – Yes, yes, himself or the boy, or both, because that’s how it became fashionable, and what’s.
M – ………….
T – What about politics…?
M – How do I know, for agitation and propaganda?
V – Did they introduce him in politics…?!
M – Yes they were there in the cauldron, even convicted of politics, they were.
V – Ordinary ordinary…?
M – Yes ordinary and they had introduced them for propaganda.
V – Ëëëë…!
M – Yes they were crazy.
V – Gango.
M – Gango, we had one from Tomorrica, convicted of agitation and propaganda.
V – E eee
M – Absolutely, he did not know and he was illiterate, he was also the nephew of… and absolutely illiterate and he knew absolutely nothing and even explained only cows and calves, goats.
V – But only they knew?
M – Even when I was sometimes, you brag to me, he explained to me that I had cows, but what cow did I tell him?
V – Hëëë?
M – No, they call him that, not that they make fun of him, that is how they loved him, that is how he knew and that he had been in Elbasan for two years and said that I was convicted of agitation!
V – Politicians?
M – Oooo, politician?
V – Long live politics.
M – He was 10 years old.
T – But why the hell, why do you interpret them like that?
M – He had had his brother before.
T – Yes, he did it, Mehmet Shehu with Kadri Hazbiu, to make the people dissatisfied.
M – Even now, for these …………………!
T – Have many Muhams been arrested?
M – Oooo, they have arrested a lot.
T – What about those from Mallakastra?
M – But now as we were told, there are many of them; some 10 or 15, or 20 people have been arrested.
T – Even for that, eh?
M – I had one that I had as a partisan, one that was wounded in Tirana and had one leg, was the mayor.
T – Did they take him too?
M – The people had also gathered at the rally and he came with those crutches to watch.
T – What is being done?
M – Terribly and when he went there, they told him; enter here once….
T – Pu, pu, pu, pu!
M – Inserted and given 11 years in prison.
T – Pu, pu (laughed).
V – Despite the crutches he?
M – Yes despite the crutches.
T – But why, were they sympathizers of Mehmet?!
M – Mehmet’s sympathizers had written a letter to Mehmet that we saw you upset in Congress… (Laughed).
T – Jo more…?!/Memorie.al
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