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EU SEEKS PROBE INTO ALLEGED MIGRANT BEATINGS

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The European Commission has called for an investigat­ion into the “misuse” of EU funds after masked border guards were filmed brutally beating migrants on the bloc’s borders.

Ylva Johansson, the European commission­er for home affairs, pictured, said she was “extremely concerned” by reports of violent pushbacks of asylum seekers, with secretly recorded video showing Croatian police, wearing black balaclavas, attacking migrants with batons.

The officers wore no police badges, name tags or other identifyin­g insignia on their uniforms.

It was claimed that violence was used to push asylum seekers back over the border from Croatia to Bosnia Hercegovin­a, from where they had arrived.

Pushbacks that contravene the internatio­nal right to claim asylum have allegedly taken place on the borders of Croatia, Greece and Romania, according to a months-long investigat­ion by the German newspaper Der Spiegel and other European publicatio­ns.

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