Granit Xhaka’s father reveals he was arrested and tortured but refuses to tell Arsenal star son full story of prison hell

GRANIT XHAKA’s father has openly reported how he was arrested and tortured in the 1980s.

Ragip Xhaka, 23, was arrested at his home in Pristina, then Yugoslavia.

Ragip Xhaka has revealed his prison ordeal


Ragip Xhaka has revealed his prison ordealPhoto credit: Getty

Ragip told the Swiss newspaper Blick about his arrest: “I fell asleep in my bed at home at five in the morning.

“The police officers climbed over the walls of my parents’ house. My mother asked what they wanted. ‘Your son’, they answered and stormed my room.

“I got a terrible shock, it was a life shock. I was given a second to put on pants and a sweater. Then they handcuffed me, put me in the van and took me to jail.”

When asked why he was arrested, he continued: “I would rebel against the state. They made up some reason why we were violent.

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“But we were just students who wanted to demonstrate peacefully. Then I was put in a cell with four other men.”

He added to the requirements: “Almost four by two meters including a free-standing toilet for all five. We were there 23 hours and 50 minutes a day.

“We had ten minutes of outdoor exercise, but due to prison rules we weren’t even allowed to look at the sky.”

Ragip went on to say that he was taken to police stations “every other day” – when asked why that was, he opened: “To force a confession. I was tortured every other day for six months.

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“I was beaten on my palms, on the soles of my feet, on my legs, on my arms, on my upper body. With police batons, with batons.”

When asked if he ever confessed, he replied: “No, I had done nothing but demonstrate. I was innocent and I felt strong.

“I thought they should hit me again. But of course the fear that they would kill me was always there. It was heard from other inmates that they were being tortured to death.”

After three and a half years and the intervention of Amnesty International, Ragip was finally released.

Granit was born a few years later in 1992, but has still not been fully made aware of his father’s ordeal.

In an interview with The Guardian in 2017, the Arsenal ace admitted he doesn’t believe his father told him everything about what happened during his time in prison.

Ragip confirmed this and said: “He’s right. I’ve told you about fifty percent now. Only my wife and my father know everything. My sons don’t need to know all the details.”

Ragip talks to Granit's wife Leonita before a prem match


Ragip talks to Granit’s wife Leonita before a prem matchPhoto credit: Getty Granit Xhaka’s father reveals he was arrested and tortured but refuses to tell Arsenal star son full story of prison hell


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