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Student death investigation

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-03-27

Jeremiah Duggan

Jeremiah Duggan

A Jewish student from Golders Green in north west London, who died in Germany in 2003, after attending a conference by a right-wing group was murdered, according to two new reports.

German police said Jeremiah Duggan, 22, committed suicide after he was hit by two cars in Wiesbaden, but the new reports say he was attacked and had 'defence wounds' suggesting he was trying to protect himself.

The new evidence will be sent to the Attorney General to try and get a new inquest into Duggan's death.

"It is clear from the new evidence that Jeremiah did not die in a road traffic accident," said solicitor Frances Swain. "How he did die has yet to be investigated and a fresh inquest is required to get those proper investigations off the ground. This is strong evidence that again questions what has been told to us. A new inquest is essential."

Among those campaigning to see a full investigation into Duggan's death are Louise Ellman MP and Lord Janner.

According to the Justice for Jeremiah campaign, German police did not take witness statements, destroyed his clothes and did not carry out a post mortem.

Duggan thought he was attending an anti-war conference but according to his mother, Erica, he was unaware that the group he was attending, the Schiller Institute, is known for its anti-Semitic views and that he called her to say he was "in deep trouble".

"For four years I have been investigating my son's death," she said. "I have had to struggle through the courts and now I have got some information I will expect a full investigation."

Related link:

Justice for Jeremiah