“Pushed back from an Italian train station after buying tickets”

  • Date and time: July 6, 2020 20:00
  • Location: On the border near the area of Velika Kladuša
  • Coordinates: 45.225048851698, 15.864183367463
  • Pushback from: Italy
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: 24- 26 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: unknow the numbers: normal italian police + italian army + slovenian officers + croatian officers
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, fingerprints taken, photos taken, personal information taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The respondent states that him and two friends were deported from the Trieste Central Railway Station to Slovenia and then, by chain, to Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH).The respondent recalled that he and his group of two other friends had left BiH severals days before to attempt “the game”.

The Trieste Central Railway Station, where the group described being apprehended by authorities and subsequently returned to Slovenia

At 2 AM of 5th of July the guys managed to arrive to the Trieste Central Railway Station (Piazza della Libertà, 11, 34132 Trieste) where they bought a train ticket to Milano Centrale for the day after.

The next morning the returned to the station area around 8:00 am in order to wait for their train. At around this time, the small group was sighted and approached by an Italian police patrol that the respondent referred to as “special forces” (Note: This was the Italian army – “Operazione Strade Sicure”, shown in the image at the top of this report). Subsequently, the group was apprehended by these officers, put in a jeep, and brought to “a tent” somewhere in the city – the respondent did not know the exact location they were brought to.

In that tent “the special forces” took the fingerprints of each group-member and, at around 3:00 pm, were driven to the Slovenian border and transferred over to Slovenian police officers.

After this the respondent described that they were taken to a nearby station where the spent the night. There, the Slovenian authorities took again the group-members fingerprints – but this time just one finger. The next morning, at around 8:00 am, the group was loaded into another vehicle and driven to the Croatian border with Slovenia. At around 10:00 am, they were transferred over to the custody of Croatian authorities.

The respondent described that were closed in a Croatian police van for a long time after this – around 10 hours. During this time, they were allowed to go out of the van just two or three times to drink water.

Later that evening, the group of 3 persons left the station in the van and were transported back to the Bosnian border with Croatia, to a secluded area outside of Velika Kladuša. The men were taken out of the van at around 8:00 pm on the 6th of July and told to walk into Bosnia.

The respondent stated that the only document released to them during the time in custody was from the Italian authorities, however that document was taken by the Slovenian police later on.