“Take your mobile and go, or I’ll kill you.”

  • Date and time: June 23, 2019 17:00
  • Location: Lužani-Malino, Croatia.
  • Coordinates: 45.170505, 17.716822699999966
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 26-29 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, threatening with guns, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 2 Croatian intervention police, 5 Croatian police officers, 3 police vehicles
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Border Violence Monitoring, No Name Kitchen

Original Report

A single man from Afghanistan, who appeared to be in his late twenties, crossed the border from Serbia into Croatia near Tovarnik (HR) on the evening of July 22. He walked along the train tracks the entire night, as well as most of the next day, taking only occasional breaks to rest and eat. 

He was captured by police at 5:00PM on June 23. At this point, he had recently passed a sign indicating he had walked 125 kilometres along the train tracks in Croatia, as well as on a bridge, which would have placed him near Lužani-Malino. He described the two officers who captured him as wearing dark blue uniforms, and subsequently picked out the country’s intervention police when shown a variety of Croatian police officers in uniform.

The respondent reported that the two officers who found him immediately started kicking him and hitting him with their fists. He estimated that the attack from the police officers lasted ten minutes. Once the attack subsided, the police took 200 Euros in cash that the man had on him and they broke his mobile phone. When the man asked the officers for the memory card in his phone because it contained sentimental pictures of his mother, sister and friends, the respondent reported that the police held a gun to his temple and told him to take his broken phone or he would be killed. 

Shortly after three vehicles with five officers came and deported him back to Serbia, the officers did not ask him any questions or seek to determine the cause of the deportation but put him in the car and drove him to the Croatian- Serbian train line border. 

At the border, the man was placed against a two-meter high fence and was beaten by the officers deporting him. Since the attacks by the police officers, the man now suffers from pain throughout his whole body when he walks and breaths. He has sustained injuries across his body but significantly on the right side of his chest, head and hands. Once forced across the border he arrived at the train station at 9:00PM, where he spent the night.