National Post (Latest Edition)
EU SEEKS PROBE INTO ALLEGED MIGRANT BEATINGS
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.