New inquest for Duggan death

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, has given her backing to a new inquest into the suspicious death of Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan after years of campaigning by his family.

Mr Duggan, 22, was found dead on a highway near Wiesbaden, Germany in March 2003, while attending a youth event organised by the far-right LaRouche group.

The German police ruled his death a suicide but a British coroner rejected the verdict in November 2003 after the London Metropolitan Police testified that the LaRouche movement was a “political cult with sinister and dangerous connections”.

Since then, his family and human rights campaigners have urged the Attorney General for a new inquest.

This week, Baroness Scotland said: “I am of the view on reconsidering your application that there is an unanswered question from the inquest into Jeremiah' s death as to whether the fatal injuries he suffered are in fact attributable to a car accident.”

The new development means Erica Duggan, Jeremiah’s mother, can make an application to the High Court for a new inquest to be heard.

    Last updated: 4:25pm, January 21 2010