Jonuz Kaceli

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Jonuz Kaceli
Born Jonuz Osman Kaceli
(1908-06-20)20 June 1908
Died 25 February 1951(1951-02-25) (aged 42)
Cause of death execution
Body discovered 1992
Resting place Tirana
Nationality Albanian
Citizenship Albanian
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1930 - 1951
Organization Osman Kaceli e djemtë
Known for Benefactory deeds
Criminal charge No proces
Criminal penalty Dead penalty
Criminal status Innocent after proces of 1991 [1]
Awards Martyr of Democracy

Jonuz Kaceli (20 Juni 1908– 25 February 1951) was an Albanian businessman and dissident of the communist regime in Albania. He was one of the 23 victims of the regime's Massacre of 1951 in Albania.[2]


Jonuz Kaceli was born in 1908 in Tirana. Prior to his arrest and killing, he had been a well known businessman in Albania, as the co-owner in the company Osman Kaceli e djemtë, which had been one of the first companies registered in Tirana, Albania after the Albanian Declaration of Independence in 1912. He was also the brother of Sadik Kaceli, a famous Albanian painter. Qemal Stafa, a notable World War II hero, had been a company employee prior to his death in 1942.[3]


Kaceli had been an important person in the business community of Tirana.[4] He faced interrogations bravely and allegedly tried to hurt Mehmet Shehu during such interrogations. As a result, according to a witness who told the story in 1993, he was thrown from the second floor of the Ministry of the Interior building and thus killed one day prior to the rest of the victims of the massacre, on 25 February 1951.[5][6] He was survived by wife and seven children, all of whom were sent to Albanian gulags right after the killing took place.[4]


In 2008 his act was recognized by the President of Albania, Bamir Topi and Kaceli was duly awarded post mortem the medal of Martyr of Democracy. His corpse is now buried at the Albanian National Martyrs Cemetery (Albanian: Dëshmorët e Kombit).[7]

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  1. ^ report: East Europe, Nummers 152-161, Google Books
  2. ^
  3. ^ Libri: Bombe ne ambassades Sovjetik
  4. ^ a b Telegraf published on 9 march 2008 [1][permanent dead link] and [2][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Uran Butka 27 February 2006 Shekulli newspaper
  6. ^ Aleksandër Meksi: Edhe njëherë mbi bombën në Ambasadën sovjetike,, 12-04-2009, 07:16pm (GMT)
  7. ^ Decorations in 2008 from the President of Albania