“The police took his clothes, threw it in the mud, stamped on it and gave it back soaked in mud”

  • Date and time: September 4, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Durđanci, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.150932202944, 19.169769287109
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: 25 , from: Libya
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: threatening with guns, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 3 Croatian police officers, armed with guns
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The interviewee, a 25 year old person from Libya was pushed back from Croatia back to Serbia on September 4th, 2017. He was caught 68 km from the Serbian/Croatian border, in Durđanci, Croatia, together with 2 other people, by 3 Croatian police officers.

In the moment when the group of 3 was caught, the policemen pointed their guns at them. The police took his clothes, threw it in the mud, stamped on it and gave it back filled with mud. The also took his painkiller-pills for headache. The police officers also took people’s shoes.

Furthermore, the police ordered the 3 people to sit on the ground. One police officer sat between two of them, took their heads under his arms and posed for photos. The 3 refugees were driven back to Serbia in 2 police cars and 1 police van, by 5 police officers.