Fatbardh Kupi, 1927-2016

Fatbardh Kupi spent the better part of his life in prison and exile. From the age of 16 up until he turned 60, he served time in Tirana’s prison, in Porto Palermo, the camp for exiled families at Tepelenë, the villages of Grabian and Gradisht, and the work camps in Qafë Bar and Bulqizë among others. He was persecuted by the communist regime for the simple reason that he was the son of Abaz Kupi, Captain of the Gendarmerie of Kruja under King Zog, and Chairman of the Movement for Legality which aimed to re-instate the king.