“This person, 21 years, was beaten severely all over their body”

  • Date and time: February 13, 2018 12:00
  • Location: 1km north of Donje Prilisce, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.486769, 15.387504
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 7 person(s), age: unknown , from: Algeria
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

A group of people, including one minor, where on the move from Bosnia. They were walking for 3 days. Some policemen in civilian clothes stopped them, they called for additional police officer to arrive, from the Croatian National Police. When the group were stopped, one person started to run away, but 3 police officers caught him. One police officer took his cell phone and checked google maps. Once he finished, he destroyed the phone. This person (21 years) was beaten severely, all over the body. He subsequently had injuries in the right ribs and the right foot.

The group were taken to a police station, where they spent 2 and a half hours, while police was checking their phones, specifically tracking google maps. In the police station the previously assaulted person endured another violen attcak by the police kicking him.

Afterwards, the group was taken to the Bosnian border, 20km north from Velika Kladuça. The police officers threatened them, “If 2nd time you come, I’ll take you to prison”. They added that Croatian local people will call the police if they see them walking around.