Croatia rejects ‘unfounded accusations’ of border police violence

A Croatian police officer talks to refugees from Syria and Iraq 22 February 2016. [EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI]

Croatia’s interior ministry reported a “second wave of unfounded accusations” against the Croatian border police after German weekly Der Spiegel published footage purporting to show the police’s brutal treatment of migrants crossing the Bosnian-Croatian border.

Rejecting the latest accusations, the ministry said in a statement “that the first wave coincided with the adoption of the decision on meeting all technical requirements for the accession to the Schengen Area, as well as with the Croatian EU Council Presidency.” 

These illegal migrants, who use the so-called Balkan route, do not want to be registered. However, when they are caught in Croatia, they apply for asylum and sooner or later continue their illegal journey, most often to Austria, Germany or Italy. (Željko Trkanjec |

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