GRODNO, 22 September (BelTA) - Polish law enforcers used tasers and threatened with dogs and guns to push an Iraqi citizen into Belarus. The 20-year-old man, found unconscious at the Belarus-Poland border on 22 September, told his story to the media, BelTA has learned.
The Tushemlya unit of the Grodno Border Group discovered an unconscious foreigner with signs of physical abuse at the Belarus-Poland border in Svisloch District. Meanwhile, Polish security forces were calmly watching what was happening on their side of the border.
The young man was taken to Svisloch Central District Hospital, where Belarusian medics provided him with the necessary medical assistance. Initially he was in intensive care unit, but later he was transferred to the surgical department.
The victim was 20-year-old Iraqi citizen Ali Salah Addan. According to him, he spent four days in Poland. He got there with his friend.
“We spent some time in the woods, with no food or water. I was confused, scared. Polish law enforcers started pushing me into Belarus. They threatened me with dogs and guns and used a taser. They told me not to come back, otherwise they would kill me,” the young man said. He added that now he does not know about his friend's whereabouts.
Ali Salah Addan praised the Belarusian clinic. “Doctors' attitude is good and the food is good, too,” he stressed.
“The young man was delivered to the hospital in a state of confused consciousness and with signs of hypothermia. He was immediately examined by specialists, underwent necessary diagnostic tests and received necessary medical assistance,” Larisa Klimchuk, acting chief doctor of the Svisloch Central District Hospital, said. There is no threat to the young man's health, she stressed.
As BelTA reported earlier, when discovered at the border the foreigner had an Iraqi passport and a negative PCR test result from a Polish medical institution.
According to the records made in the emergency medical card by Polish healthcare workers, on 20 September Polish border guards found the young man in a country house and showed him to doctors at the site. The examination revealed a state of shock, vomiting, pain in the leg, bleeding injuries from barbed wire. Despite the grave condition that continued to deteriorate, all that the Polish doctors did was giving an anesthetic drug. The man was left at the scene with the border guards without hospitalization. In addition, the Polish officers did not present the man's documents to the doctors to officially record his personal data. Later on, the officers of the neighboring state simply dumped the foreigner at the border with Belarus.
Photos by Leonid Shcheglov