A Jewish student from the United Kingdom who died after attending a right-wing conference in Germany in 2003 did not commit suicide, a British coroner ruled on Thursday.
The ruling overturned an earlier German ruling that the death of Jeremiah Duggan was “a suicide by means of a traffic accident,” according to a report in the Guardian.
Duggan, 22, was found on a motorway near the German city of Wiesbaden on 27 March 2003, shortly after attending a youth event organized by the far-right LaRouche movement.
“The fact that he attended a conference run by this far-rightwing organization together with Mr Duggan expressing that he was a Jew, British and questioning the material put before him, may have had a bearing on Mr Duggan’s death in the sense that it may have put him at risk from members of the organization and caused him to become distressed and seek to leave,” the coroner said.
But he rejected claims that Duggan had been killed before his body was moved to the motorway. Unexplained injuries on his body suggested he “may have been involved in an altercation at some stage before his death,” the coroner said.
Earlier, Prof Matthew Feldman, of Teesside University, told the court that if the group had found out Duggan was Jewish, British and had been to the Tavistock Centre in north London – which LaRouche followers believe is a “clearing house for the Zionist British control of the world” – he would have been viewed as “enemy number one.”
“Alarm bells would have been ringing and it would have been taken very seriously by the movement,” Feldman said.
Another expert on far-right groups said Duggan might have been put under severe psychological pressure by the group in the hours and days before his death.
Duggan's family welcomed the coroner's report, though his mother said she was disappointed the coroner had rejected evidence suggesting Duggan had been killed before his body was moved to the motorway as part of an elaborate setup.