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The police only let us drink from the toilet water

Date & Time 2019-07-13
Location Along the E70 highway, Zagreb, Croatia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 45.75952968, 16.23871886
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 17 - 25
Group size 4
Countries of origin Afghanistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention detention, personal information taken, papers signed, denial of food/water
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 2
Violence used no violence used
Police involved 2 Croatian Police, 2 police cars, 1 police van

On July 13th, four young men from Afghanistan aged 17, 18, 19 and 25 travelling inside of a commercial vehicle, crossed into Croatia through the Serbian-Croatian border. Whilst the men were still in the vehicle the driver pulled into a parking spot, opened the back of his truck and found the group of four men. He swiftly reclosed the rear-doors and called the police.

At 2 pm, two police officers came and arrested the men and in two separate cars drove them to a police station in Zagreb. The respondents estimate that their apprehension happened just outside of Zagreb to the east (for approximate location see map below). The police confiscated their bags and phones and at 3 pm took them inside to the police holding cell. During their 24 hours of detainment at the police station, they were housed inside a single cell without beds and were not provided with food. The only water that they were given came from a toilet located outside their cell that was accessed twice.

After the 24 hours, they were taken by police van to the Batrovci border crossing. They were made to add their name and signature to a document that the police retained and did not give a copy to the man. It was only available in English, so he did not understand anything. No translation was made available. Once the document was signed the group of five men were pushed back into Serbia where they were forced to walk back on foot to the nearest village.