“One of the border-patrol officers shot at him three times”

  • Date and time: June 16, 2018 23:00
  • Location: Near Donja Brusovača, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.216495992263994, 15.72998442587891
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 24 person(s), age: 20-30 , from: Pakistan, Libya
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), gunshots, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 2 Croatian border officers (wearing green uniforms and equipped with assault rifles), 2 Croatian border police officers with a van
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • 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

The respondent, and his two friends started walking from Velika Kladusa towards Zagreb through the hills and forests. About 10km from the Croatian border, they were detected by the Croatian army-border patrols equipped with assault rifles. He and his friends started running and the soldiers shouted at them to stop. When he was at a distance of around 300 meters away, one of the border-patrol officers shot at him three times. The interviewee explained that he could feel the bullets flying close to his head, so him and the other men stopped.

Afterwards, they were pushed back to Bosnia by two police officers in a van, along with other 21 Pakistani men. The respondent asked the police officers to claim asylum in Croatia, but he received a negative response from an officer, saying that there was no asylum in Croatia for him. The police officers took his phone and money. Later on, the other Pakistani men told him that they were also robbed by the police officers. When the police stopped at the Croatian-Bosnian border, all men were told to walk back to Bosnia. The respondent asked the police officers if they could return their phones, but he got a negative response and was beaten.

“When I asked the police to give us back our mobiles and money, he just said: ‘Go, go, go! and punched us by a metal stick and kept shouting ‘Go, go, go!’, and kept punching us to go.”