The mother of deceased British student Jeremiah Duggan, Erica Duggan, held a press conference insisting that German authorities engaged in a “cover-up” over her son’s death, and Berlin gave a free pass to an anti-Semitic hate group.
The 22-year-old Jewish student “unwittingly” found himself at a 2003 conference organized by the LaRouche movement, which has been described as an anti-Semitic group by the Anti-Defamation League.
After his death, German investigators ruled that Duggan committed “suicide by means of traffic incident,” but the coroner contradicted the findings, revealing that LaRouche “may have had a bearing” on his death, The Telegraph reports. In addition to the coroner’s report, the doctor who signed his death certificate said there was no sign that Duggan had died in a traffic incident, the report said.
Duggan’s mother alleges that her son told her via telephone just 30 minutes before his death that he feared for his life.
Mr. Duggan had travelled to Germany, believing that he was taking part in a left-wing conference organized in opposition to the Iraq war, but he found himself mistakenly surrounded by a group described by experts as “anti-British and anti-Semitic.”
Erica Duggan said Tuesday: “I have tried everything to find out what happened, because every mother would want to know what happened if her child died in this dreadful way… What has it been 12 years and I still don’t even know where my son was the night before he died?” she added.
Although Germany has reopened the case surrounding her son’s death, Duggan feels that the legal process has not been transparent.
“At this point I don’t know if we can go forward with the legal process in Germany because there’s no way of making a complaint against the police,” she said, alleging that German authorities refuse to investigate LaRouche itself.