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detected by a truck scanner

Date & Time 2021-10-08
Location Podlehnik, Slovenia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 46.2761677, 15.8655174
Pushback from Croatia, Slovenia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 20 - 21
Group size 3
Countries of origin Afghanistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved unknown
Violence used exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, destruction of personal belongings
Police involved 1 police van from Slovenia, police officers with police uniform, 1 police van from Croatia, 2 croatian border officers, 1 serbian border officer

The respondent reported that on the 8th October 2021 a group of 3 people, all from Afghanistan, were traveling hidden inside a truck before experiencing a pushback.  They were all traveling for almost 2 days, starting from Serbia.

The respondent reported that, when the truck got scanned in the border crossing of Gruskovje, Slovenia the group were found by what were described to be Slovenian border police, wearing blue uniforms. They made the group of people disembark the truck and reportedly forced them to sign some papers in English with Pashto and Farsi translations. No copy of these documents was given to them. The authorities, described as Slovenian border police, reportedly took the personal belongings of the 3 people, like their backpacks, put them in a black plastic bag.They proceeded to put them in a van, which the respondent described as “blue, small and very hot inside” and took them to the Macelj border crossing where they reportedly handed over the black bag of their belongings to what were described as Croatian police “with blue uniform and also police with black uniform.”

The respondent claims that he asked the two policemen –  when he realized that they were about to be pushed back from Croatia – to be pushed back to Serbia, which they were.

The respondent reports that, around midnight, they were left at the border by the village of Batrovci. As soon as they were left by Crotian police, another policeman guarding the border(approximate coordinates: 45.055126, 19.101413), defined by the respondent as “ a security guard, staying in a room”, asked for their phone. The policeman used a screwdriver to break the phones of the three people: just one of the three phones is still working, but it also has a problem being connected to the cable.