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The men stated that they were seeking asylum in Serbia and showed them their ID cards from Adasevci camp, but the police didn’t believe them

Date & Time 2017-12-10
Location Vinkovci, Croatia
Reported by Rigardu
Coordinates 45.15021099, 19.15888502
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved no
Age 18 - 30
Group size 5
Countries of origin Pakistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention photos taken, personal information taken
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved unknown
Violence used no violence used
Police involved 6 policemen during apprehension, several in detention place, 10 policemen at pushback

5 people-on-the-move walked from Adaševci, Serbia across the Serbian-Croatian border to Vinkovci, Croatia, and attempted to continue towards Zagreb in a train container.

They report being caught by 6 male police officers at Vinkovci train station, on October 12th, 2017, at 3 am. After that, they were transported in a police van to Vinkovci police station. The men stated that they expressed their intention to seek asylum, in English. The police filled out forms with their identity details, one form per person, and took pictures of them. The men stated that they were seeking asylum in Serbia and showed them their ID cards from Adaševci camp, but the police didn’t believe them.

No further asylum procedures took place. The group report that the police then confiscated people’s backpacks and other property, and put them in detention. They remained in a cell for about 12 hours. The men got water to drink and were allowed to buy food. No physical or verbal violence occurred.

On 12th October, at about 3 pm, respondents report that 10 male police officers transported them by a police van to the border near train rails between Tovarnik, Croatia and Šid, Serbia, where they were pushed-back to Serbia. They walked to Adaševci camp and arrived there at about 7 pm.