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Xhelal Pasha Zogu

Other names: Xhelal Bey Zogu

Positions Held

Hereditary governor of Mati
Ottoman ambassador to Moscow and Vienna

Main Events

A diplomat, Xhelal became a very influential figure, gaining fame in Europe and was considered the leader of the independence movement of Albania. He was charged with delivering a petition to the Sultan which was ultimately judged as secessionist and it failed. Considered a threat to the Empire, he was arrested and sent to Constantinople. It was alleged that he was later poisoned and buried hastily.[2]

Place of death: Constantinople[1]
Place of burial: Istanbul[2]



1. H. Montgomery-Massingberd, ed. Burke's Royal Families of the World. Volume I: Europe & Latin America. London: Burke’s Peerage Ltd., 1977.

2. Albanian Royal Family - Official Website [2017].


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