On 16th June 2009, Danijel Đurđević—alongside his mother Katica Đurđević—was arrested and brutally beaten by Croatian police. The applicants were allegedly seized by the throat, kicked in the abdomen and punched in the chest.
Despite medical evidence showing contusions to the head, chest and pelvis, Croatian authorities failed to carry out an effective investigation into police misconduct.
At a press conference in May 1996, Constantin Bucur publicly revealed abuses of power by the Romanian intelligence service, placing both his career and his liberty in jeopardy. For many years, the Romania authorities had been illicitly intercepting the phone calls of journalists, politicians and members of civil society. The response by the Llascu government was to place Constantin on trial for the disclosure of secret material, leading to two years imprisonment.