Mother of late student Jeremiah Duggan has complaint about German investigation rejected

16:00 02 July 2014

Erica Duggan with files relating to her campaign for justice. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Erica Duggan with files relating to her campaign for justice. Picture: Polly Hancock.


The mother of a Golders Green student who died mysteriously in Germany in 2003 has had her complaint about the investigation into her son’s death rejected.

Lawyers representing Erica Duggan had filed a complaint accusing German prosecutors of ignoring a court order to reinvestigate the death in December 2012.

Jeremiah Duggan, a 22-year-old Jewish student, was found lying in a road near the city of Wiesbaden with fatal head injuries in 2003.

Ms Duggan believes he came to harm at the hands of a branch of the LaRouche international political movement, a cult suspected of fascist and anti-Semitic beliefs.

Last week, prosecutors rejected her complaint, insisting they did reinvestigate the case. They say her son committed suicide by running into oncoming traffic.

Ms Duggan said: “I don’t believe there is ever going to be a proper investigation by the German authorities. It’s 11 years and even with a court order they still don’t follow the order of the court.

“Here you have an extremist group that incites racism against the British and the Jews and the authorities are quite happy to say it’s no interest of theirs and they do not need to investigate this organisation.

“We go round and round in circles. No one in Germany seems to want to admit they made a mistake. At some point we have to break out of this cycle.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 18:04

Highgate residents are protesting against plans for a large home to be built between mansions of “great distinction”.

Yesterday, 16:08

A group of angry Swiss Cottage residents have launched a campaign group to oppose plans by a private school to build new classrooms

Yesterday, 17:46

An 89-year-old pensioner from Kentish Town who has severe dementia has been found.

Yesterday, 14:33

A lorry and a number 17 bus have crashed in Tufnell Park Road, the residential street being used as the main diversion during the A1 closure.

Yesterday, 14:26

A wheelchair-bound mum remains scared to leave the house, as the bus driver who ran her over at a zebra crossing was banned from driving for six months

Yesterday, 13:05

The funeral of a much-loved Hampstead Heath character who was killed in a road accident is being held tomorrow.

Yesterday, 11:04

Residents in Frognal and Fitzjohns are being warned to protect their post after fresh reports of mail theft and fraud.

Yesterday, 10:02

An appeal has been launched to find a missing 89-year-old man from Kentish Town believed to have severe dementia.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now