Dear High Representative of the European Parliament!
I would like to inform you that in the Republic of Croatia, one of the members of the European Union, there are cases of police torturing:
On December 23, 2013 a letter was written to me by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Zagreb, Vukovarska 33, (Class: 050-01/13-210 Prot.no: 694-01-13-2) signed by the Head of the Commission, Mr. Hrvoje Đuran, stating that due to the great number of received complaints the Commission for Complaints, Ministry of Internal Affairs would not be in position to send a reply within the statutory deadline of 90 days, and that I would receive a decision regarding my case (text of my complaint quoted in the frame) as soon as available.
|On 29th April, 2013, as I was setting out for work at 07,00 a.m., in the parking place in front of the building in Rijeka, Ulica Braće Stipčića 41, I was approached by three men who introduced themselves as police inspectors and asked me politely to follow them in order to give them some information. It was my first experience of the kind and so I went with them without any resistance or disapproval (I thought they wanted information regarding one of my directors, known to have embezzled some money).
However, as soon as we entered their premises at Žrtava fašizma 3, Rijeka, they started to behave impudently. I experienced personally Isajah’s words then: “I was surrounded by a pack of dogs”. They spoke to me disrespectfully, saying: “Hey,it was your birthday yesterday, did you get drunk?”, “We’ll make you pay for this, scum!”, “Eh, if only we were militia! We would kill you now!”, “When we are over with you, you won’t be able to work at any school at all”. That is why already at 07,30 a.m. I wrote on a piece of paper: “I use silence as defence. I go on hunger and thirst strike..” One of those present (who took photos, and otherwise behaved correctly) said: “We have written that he goes on hunger and thirst strike. Now, according to the protocol we should take him to psychiatry.” And another one (short, fat, with a little yellow beard, who was going to shake and hit me later on) said: “No. We’ll knock him into shape, first!”
Two of them knocked me off the chair onto the floor, I hit my head and remained unconscious maybe for half an hour. After that, two of them lifted me from the floor, seated me on a wooden chair in the middle of the room, and then four or five of them asked me questions, threatened, shook me, and stroke my shoulder repeatedly at the same time.
The one with the little yellow beard approached me with a baleful look, made grimaces, spattering me with spittle, cursed and kept hitting my shoulder. The one who took photos tried to curb him and said: “Stop it! He’ll get a heart attack!” But he would not listen. This torturing went on for four full hours.
So, it was at 07,30 a.m. that I had stated in writing to use silence as defence, but they kept maltreating me for further four hours and it was only at 11,30 a.m. when they finally read the reason for my bringing in, stating that I had a right to a lawyer and the right to use silence as defence. However, at the time they were reading this, after four hours of maltreating, I had already suffered a heart attack and had fainted.
An ambulance took me to hospital where I remained for a long-time treatment at the post-coronary department of the Clinical Hospital Sušak.
Of all the present inspectors the most brutal was the short, fat man with the little yellow beard whom I could easily recognize.
Now, although 20 months have elapsed from their excuse for the late reply, I have not received either a reply or a new excuse since then!!! Is it so hard for the police to respect the law? What do you think, shouldn’t someone resign from their post or be removed from office?
|I would also point at another case of maltreatment I learned about on December 17, 2014, when I had a hearing at the Municipal court of Rijeka, case K-DO-375/13:
Namely, after the maltreatment I described above, a bill of indictment of the Municipal Prosecution Authorities in Rijeka followed, for a pretended crime from Art. 157. paras 1. and 3 of the Criminal Code
So I appeared at the hearing on December 17, 2014 to the Municipal Court of Rijeka, and saw the only witness for the prosecution, Ms D.P. , for the first time.
She declared to see the accused, i.e. me, for the first time.
But she also declared to have been brought in by four inspectors, and also that they insulted her, cursed, blackmailed her for several hours, threatening to hold her in custody had she not signed the statement they had prepared for her. She said to have heard the name Dario Miletić for the first time at all, and to regret to have signed the statement but that she had done so in order to put a stop to her torturing and maltreatment in the police station and finally to be released. This is obviously a show trial aiming at defaming a moral man and I think that the operations of those police criminals are in fact remotely controlled by a once mighty, now we may say former, politician from Rijeka.
Moreover, it seems that the maltreatments described above are no exception but rule in the police in Rijeka.
Anyway, my innocence has been defended at court. But who will sanction the evil-doing policemen?
And there is again the question: Who supervises the police? Are they outside any control and sanctions?
Is there a body that may control the police at all? Who can defend an unfortunate fellow attacked by police criminals anyway? Whom in the European Union may an honest citizen turn to for assistance?
I kindly ask you to give this letter proper consideration in the European Parliament, particularly at the following committees:
– Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
– Committee on Petitions
– Subcommittee on Human Rights.