On Thursday 12th May a group of 3 men originally from Pakistan traveled from Bihac to Velika Kladusa where they crossed the border on foot and walked for 5 days until they reached Zagreb.
On that day, Tuesday, at some point in the morning, the respondent says 2 police officers in a civilian car and civilian clothes approached the group in the street, the respondent did not remember the exact street/location. These officers allegedly told the group they were police and they would give the group members “stay- papers” so they could then walk around freely.
The guys were there, in the street, for what the respondent described as “a while” and then said that an official police car came and took them to a jail/kind of prison/station. The respondent says that they were there from 1pm/2pm to 6pm/7pm and then they were taken back to the border with Bosnia near Velika Kladusa.
The respondent remembers that when his group was put in the “deportation-car” there were already 7 people unknown to the respondent inside. He described the van as a “coffin” or “casket” because there were no windows or light at all. “There are no holes or anything”. It is very hot and feels like there is no air. It was not possible to see what is going on outside the car.
The respondent says that the van stopped at the Croatian side of the border and describes each member of the group being taken out of the van 1 by 1. After leaving the van the respondent said he was surrounded by 4 officers, all men, described as wearing all black uniforms and ski masks. This indicates these officers could be IPJ or EPZ. These officers then “searched [him] completely” with his clothes being removed. Reportedly every person had their phones and any money they had with them stolen. The respondent described being beaten by 4 officers each with black sticks. Then, still 1-by-1 they were told in which direction to walk back across the border.
The respondent showed his injured finger and said that he had been hit with a stick there and it felt like his finger had been broken as it had swollen very much. By the time the testimony was taken, the finger was less swollen but still visibly injured. We were also shown injuries on his leg and foot from where he said he was beaten by officers with the sticks.
“There are many cruel police, they don’t we think are human. They treat us like animals. Why don’t they treat all people the same.”
“It has been almost 6 years since I left my country. I was so young when I left my country because of terrorist attacks and the very bad situation there. So I left and I’m trying my best but the situation is very difficult. It has been so many years and I’m still here. We don’t know when we will reach our goal. Because of this violence and this bad situation we see many people who are mentally disturbed here.”