“The police stole 100 € from the two men, their two mobile phones and their passports”

  • Date and time: July 5, 2018 00:00
  • Location: Forest near Karlovac, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.47842983823902, 15.601197674228501
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: 23, 25 , from: Morocco, Algeria
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), gunshots, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 5 Croatian police men
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On July 5th. 2018, two men (23 and 25) from Morocco and Algeria walked from Velika Kladusa towards Slovenia. They were in a forest close to Karlovac where they were detected by five uniformed Croatian police officers in a car. When the police caught them, they did not ask the men any questions but immediately started pushing them and beating them with sticks. One of the men was beaten on his face, shoulders and chest, the other one received strokes on his back. The police did not take the men to a police station and did not take their finger prints, they were only pushed back to the Bosnian border in the police car.

During the drive, one of the men expressed his wish to apply for asylum in Croatia, but the police rejected him: “No asylum for you in Croatia”. During the push back in the police car, the police stole 100 € from the two men, their two mobile phones and their passports. When they arrived at the border, the men were taken out of the car and the police started shooting their guns in the air and shouted at the men to go back to Bosnia. Both men walked back to Velika Kladusa with scratches, wounds and one bruised clavicular.