Syrians illegally detained in the Reception Centre in Gazi Baba

A team from the Office of the Ombudsman, in an unannounced extraordinary visit on the 4th of this month in the Reception Centre for Foreigners – Gazi Baba, of MIA have ascertained unlawful detention of people that were not registered as present and were not issued with documents for their detention.

 “It’s about five Syrian citizens who were transiting through Macedonia from Serbia, towards Greece, but were found at the Railway Station in Skopje with purchased bus tickets to Gevgelija and with the intention to return to Greece”, informed in the today’s briefing with the reporters from the Office of the Ombudsman.

Four of them owned identity confirmation documents, as well as a document proving their previous entry in Greece. These people, in the early hours of April 4, were conducted in the Reception Centre for foreigners by police officers and were locked in facilities without explaining the reasons for their detention, nor were given instructions about their rights.

According to the Ombudsman, such type of approach of the governor and the officials in the Centre, represents a blatant violation of the legal regulations and indicates to a possible already established practice on unlawful detention and not registration of the people in the Centre. An additional concerning fact, as they say from the Office of the Ombudsman, is that the governor and the officials in the Centre have tried to conceal this kind of unlawful service by giving false information for the current state of the detainees. 

Upon the insistence of the team from the Office of the Ombudsman the people immediately released from the Reception Centre for Foreigners with verbal order. 

Source: Nova TV