“They showed him a gun and told him not to come back again or they would kill him”

  • Date and time: May 5, 2018 03:00
  • Location: Sid-Tovarnik border, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.147575, 19.164551
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: unknown , from: Algeria
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, threatening with guns, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 3 police officers
  • 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

An Algerian man was walking near Tovarnik, when 3 police officers caught him. They asked about his nationality, he said Syrian but the police officers did not write it down. He was pushed back to the Sid-Tovarnik border. They asked him what he had in his backpack and he took everything out. He asked for asylum, but the police officers denied it. Afterwards the police officers checked his pockets and took his money (400 Kunas and 120€) and destroyed it. When the man asked why they did it, they kicked and beat him (for 15 minutes approximately) in his head, legs and back, while he was laying on the ground. They showed him a gun and told him not to come back again or they would kill him. He picked up his backpack and ran away.