New inquest for Duggan death

By Robyn Rosen, January 21, 2010
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