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You come another time, I kill you

Date & Time 2021-07-02
Location Border crossing near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia
Reported by Aid Brigade Sarajevo
Coordinates 45.19596053, 15.79713235
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 16 - 25
Group size 5
Countries of origin Afghanistan, Pakistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 14-16
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), dog attacks, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 14-16 Croatian police officers wearing black uniforms and masks

On the 7th of February, the respondents left Bihac and walked to Velika Kladusa where they then went into the mountains at the Croatian border. After they had been walking for 8 hours, at around 6 PM, near the 216 road in Croatia, they were reportedly apprehended by 4 Croatian authorities who put them into a vehicle and drove them back to the border near Velika Kladusa.

At this point, the respondents faced 10 to 12 police officers, who were described as all wearing black uniforms and masks. The respondent reported that their phones, money, clothes and shoes were taken. With only their underwear left, they were struck with batons by the officers. Two police dogs present allegedly bit one of the group members. This lasted around 30 minutes. One of the respondents claimed that 10 officers were simultaneously beating 2 of his friends. Reportedly, one officer threatened them with a knife saying:

‘You come another time, I kill you.’

Afterwards, the respondents were forced to walk back into Bosnia. From the spot at the border where the vehicle stopped, near Velika Kladusa they had to walk the 50 kilometres to Bihac wearing only underwear.