“The police officer told him to go back to Serbia, loaded his gun, and said that if he catches him in Croatia again, he would kill him”

  • Date and time: September 28, 2017 23:00
  • Location: Near Sid, Serbia
  • Coordinates: 45.172667, 19.18946
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 22 , from: Iraq
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), insulting, threatening with guns, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 2 violent policemen (one about 35 years, the other about 50 years old), 4-5 policemen who watched the violence
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, photos taken, personal information taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: Rigardu

Original Report

A 22 year old man from Iraq crossed the Croatian border by walking, and was caught by two Croatian police officers in uniforms, not far from Šid, Serbia, on September 28th, at about 9 pm. The police transported him in a police car to a police station. The interviewee couldn’t see where they were driving. His baggage, phone, and money was confiscated, the police registered his name and nationality, and took a picture of him.

He was handcuffed in a cell, where he was held for a while, before the police came to the door of the cell. The person-on-the-move asked when he would be set free, and the police answered “fuck you don’t speak shut up”.

Two police officers came into the cell and started beating him. The man fell to the ground and the police continued beating him, while another 4-5 policemen were watching. After about 15 minutes the police stopped the beating, left the man in the cell, and went out. In total he was at the police station for about 2 hours.

After that, one police officer in uniform transported him in a police car back to the border near Šid, Serbia. The police officer told him to go back to Serbia, loaded his pistol, and said that if he catches him in Croatia again, he would kill him.

The police officer watched the men until he was far away on the train rails, on the Serbian side.

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