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the police stopped in a dark place and started beating the 4 guys

Date & Time 2018-11-19
Location Ostarije, Croatia
Reported by Aid Brigade Sarajevo
Coordinates 45.2136741, 15.279088
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station unknown
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 24 - 29
Group size 4
Countries of origin Syria
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 4
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other)
Police involved 1 Croatian officer in uniform, 3 officers in civilian clothing

The group of four men started walking from the camp in Bihać (BIH) on November 17, 2018, in an attempt to cross the border to Croatia. They walked for three days and crossed the Croatian border in a forest. At some point they wanted to cross the road D42 to continue to the Slovenian border.

They believe that someone saw them and called the police, because the officers were already waiting for them. They didn’t explain what was going to happen to the four of them. Some people were watching when they had to enter police cars which would bring them back to the border near Bihać (BIH).

The respondent supposes that, because there were so many people watching at the spot of apprehension, the officers later stopped at a dark place and started beating the four in the head with their fists. When they were already laying on the ground, the officers kicked them in the head and ribs. Then they took their phones and €1000 from the respondent.

They left the four of them at the border, so the group had to walk back to the camp in Bihać (BIH).