“A judge declared that they had to pay 50 euros or 5000 dinars for illegally crossing the border from Serbia to Croatia”

  • Date and time: January 22, 2018 10:00
  • Location: Tovarnik
  • Coordinates: 45.1648822, 19.152205800000047
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: unknown , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: Croatian and Serbian police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, forced to pay fee
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

2 men walked across the Serbo-Croatian border, with an aim of reaching Zagreb, the police caught them in Tovarnik. They asked for asylum but the police answered that there was no asylum in Croatia, that they had to go back to Serbia because they “have no documents, no passports, no ID, you are illegal, so go back”.

The Croatian police transferred them to the Serbian police. The 2 men were brought to a police station in Sid and to a court. A judge declared that they had to pay 50 euros or 5000 dinars for illegally crossing the border from Serbia to Croatia. The 2 men didn’t have the money to pay, and the judge informed them that they should go to jail for 5 days. They did not receive any documents from this trial nor from the judge’s decision.

They were transfered to the jail in Sremska Mitrovica. The police gave them a document stating that they would be jailed for 7 days and that their fine was 7000 dinars. In the end they were jailed for 8 days.