"Murder orders from Belgrade" reveals the crimes of the former Yugoslavia in Tirana
The Authority for Information on the Documents of the former State Security in Tirana has been the host of a documentary that talks about the State Security but of the former Yugoslavia. The documentary "Killing Order from Belgrade" directed by Dragan Çotić was given as part of the 18th edition of the International Film Festival for Human Rights, organized by the film and multimedia academy "Marubi" in Tirana.
The German production depicts the story of Yugoslav state terrorism told for the first time from the perspective of the victims. The Communist Secret Service of Yugoslavia, according to the data provided in this documentary, killed at least 78 Croatian exiles around the world. The youngest victims were 3 and 9 years old. Most of the murders were committed in the Federal Republic of Germany. According to the documentary, 37.
The 57-minute documentary was followed on Tuesday night by a panel discussion led by Theodore S. Orlin, human rights activist, Elsa Ballauri, executive director of the Albanian Human Rights Group, and Kujtim Çashku, director executive of the International Film Festival for Human Rights in Albania. According to the reports of the Albanian media, they have spoken about the need of the Albanian society to further promote the process of decommunism in the country and the punishment of the crimes of the past.
The Chairperson of the Authority, Gentiana Sula, is quoted as having said that Albania must face this process.
"Albania needs to be supported in this process, because we are still far from doing justice for the past, but this is not completely impossible", she said.
Present at this activity was Suzana Gërvalla, the wife of Jusuf Gërvalla, who was a prisoner of the Yugoslav Secret Service together with Bardhosh Gërvalla and Kadri Zeka. She told the audience about the case of the writer, musician and founder of the National Movement for the Liberation of Kosovo.
"I don't know if I can describe the night when they were killed. It's a little painful. At 10:15 they left the house by car. There were three people. Two in front, Yusuf was sitting behind. After they left by car, two people came up to them and shot them. They shot him and destroyed the car. When I heard the shots, I went outside and found Yusuf alive. I stayed half an hour with him. I asked him if he saw them, he told me that he saw them, but he didn't recognize them", said Gërvalla, among other things.
On January 17, 1982, in Untergrupenbach, Germany, it was announced by German state authorities at the time that unknown assassins had killed three Yugoslavs and that this was a new climax in the secret war in which Yugoslav Security agents and opponents of the government fight between them. The assassination happened while the driver of the car (BMW 316, license plate: HN CY 353) was taking the car out of the garage, driving it backwards towards the crossroads. In snowy weather, somewhere in the first 40 meters, the car stopped after a person shot from a building on the right side from a distance of three meters. In addition, another person shot and approached the car to verify if they succeeded in their goal.
The widow of Jusuf Gërvalla, at the end of the activity in Tirana, has become familiar with the documents that the former State Security has collected for her husband during the time he lived and worked in Albania, but also on his political activity in Kosovo and Germany .
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