“Before letting them out of the car and beating them, the 7 officers passed around bottles of liquor and played loud music from the radio”

  • Date and time: August 2, 2017 23:59
  • Location: Near Otok, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.128803691600204, 18.821640014648438
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 15 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking
  • Police involved: No police with official uniform involved, aggressors were 7 men wearing black jeans and shirts, athletically trained and very drunk.
  • 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

On the 2nd of August, 2017, at around 12 pm, 15 (mainly young) men, all from Afghanistan, were pushed back from Croatia to Serbia. They were caught approximately 40 km behind the Croatian border, on a small road in the forest.

According to the testimony, they were 7 police officers, not wearing official uniforms but black jeans and shirts, athletically trained and very drunk. The 15 men were too afraid to ask for asylum. They were violently assaulted, beaten with hands, batons and kicking.

The seven officers in plain clothes let the people out of the car one by one, beating them one by one. Before letting them out of the car and beating them, the 7 officers passed around bottles of liquor and played loud music from the radio. The interviewee stated that it seemed like a drinking game.