“detected by a truck scanner ”

  • Date and time: August 10, 2021 16:00
  • Location: Podlehnik, Slovenia
  • Coordinates: 46.2761677, 15.8655174
  • Pushback from: Croatia, Slovenia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: 20, 21, 21 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, destruction of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 1 police van from Slovenia, police officers with police uniform, 1 police van from Croatia, 2 croatian border officers, 1 serbian border officer
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

A group of 3 people, all from Afghanistan, were traveling hidden inside a truck.  They were all traveling for almost 2 days, starting from Serbia.

When the truck got scanned in the border crossing of Gruskovje, Slovenia the people were found by the Slovenian border police. The respondent describes the policemen as wearing blue uniforms. They made the group of people go out and made them sign some paper in English with Pashto and Farsi translations. No copy of these documents was given to them. The Slovenian police took the personal belongings of the 3 people, like their backpacks, put them in a black plastic bag, and handed it over to Croatian police, when they took the 3-people group at Maceji valic. They did not take fingerprints, but the respondent says on another occasion they took them from him.

So they put them in a van that the referent describes as: “blue, small and very hot inside” and took them to the Croatia border, where the Croatian police were “with blue uniform and also police with black uniform.

When I (the interviewer) asked: “And then what happened?” The respondent jokes and tells me that: “They put a necklace made of flowers on me, like in airport, and say: Welcome to Croatia!”

Then the three people had to sign other documents. This time they were written just in English; although the other two people of the group have only basic English knowledge.

The respondent claims that he asked the two policemen –  when he realized that they were about to be pushed back out of Croatia – to be pushed back to Serbia. The police accepted this request.

Around midnight, they were left at the border by the village of Batrovci. As soon as they were left by Crotian police, another policeman guarding the border(approximate coordinates: 45.055126, 19.101413), defined by the respondent as “ a security guard, staying in a room”, asked for their phone. The policeman used a screwdriver to break the phones of the three people: just one of the three phones is still working, but it also has a problem being connected to the cable.