Justice for Jeremiah

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Press release 22nd February 2019

Jeremiah Duggan died on March 27, 2003 in Wiesbaden after attending a conference of the Schiller Institute, an organization close to the right-wing extremist political cult "La Rouche movement", under hitherto unexplained circumstances.

The Public Prosecutor's Office in Wiesbaden stopped the proceedings after just three months, without having heard a single witness or carried out an autopsy, because it assumed suicide.

The Duggan family has been fighting for over 16 years for a thorough investigation of the case in Germany to find out the circumstances of their son's death.

The investigations were only resumed in 2012 following an extremely rare decision by the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court to force an investigation, which the family's lawyers were able to obtain. But here, too, the Wiesbaden Public Prosecutor's Office again put obstacles in the way of the family.

The investigations lasted five years and on February 26, 2018 the proceedings were closed for the third time, again without a result. Erica Duggan, represented by her lawyers Kaya and Noll, has filed a complaint against this because central points have not yet been clarified. It is still unclear who chased and beat Jeremiah and where he spent the last night. The complaint was dismissed, so that a third request for an investigation was filed with the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court on January 20, 2019. The result remains to be seen.

Perhaps witnesses may dare to talk about the matter after Lyndon LaRouche’s death on February 12, 2019.

In May 2015, the English lawyers of the Duggan family in England were able to force a verdict before the Coroner’s Court certifying that Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide and that the right-wing extremist organization may have used psychological violence during the conference in Wiesbaden.


Jeremiah Duggan starb am 27.03.2003 in Wiesbaden, nachdem er an einer Konferenz des Schiller Instituts, einer der rechtsextremen Politsekte „La Rouche-Bewegung“ nahestehenden Organisation, teilgenommen hatte, unter bisher ungeklärten Umständen.

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Wiesbaden stellte das Verfahren bereits nach drei Monaten ein, ohne einen einzigen Zeugen gehört oder eine Obduktion durchgeführt zu haben, weil sie von einem Suizid ausging.

Die Familie Duggan kämpft nunmehr seit über 16 Jahren für eine gründliche Untersuchung des Falles in Deutschland, um die Todesumstände ihres Sohnes herauszufinden.

Erst durch einen äußerst seltenen Ermittlungserzwingungsbeschluss des Oberlandesgerichts Frankfurt, den die Rechtsanwälte der Familie erwirken konnten, wurden die Ermittlungen 2012 wieder aufgenommen. Aber auch hier stellte die Staatsanwaltschaft Wiesbaden der Familie wieder Hürden in den Weg.

Die Ermittlungen dauerten fünf Jahre und das Verfahren wurde am 26.02.2018 zum dritten mal, erneut ohne Ergebnis eingestellt. Dagegen hat Erica Duggan, vertreten durch ihre Rechtsanwälte Kaya und Noll, Beschwerde eingelegt, weil zentrale Punkte noch nicht geklärt sind. Unklar ist nach wie vor, wer Jeremiah gejagt und geschlagen hat und wo er die letzte Nacht verbracht hat. Die Beschwerde wurde zurückgewiesen, so dass ein dritter Ermittlungserzwingungsantrag am 20.01.2019 bei dem Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt eingereicht wurde. Das Ergebnis bleibt abzuwarten.

Möglicherweise trauen sich Zeugen über den Sachverhalt zu reden, nachdem Lyndon LaRouche am 12.02.2019 gestorben ist.

Im Mai 2015 konnten die englischen Rechtsanwälte der Familie Duggan in England vor dem Coroner ́s Court ein Urteil erzwingen, dass ihnen bescheinigte, dass Jeremiah Duggan keinen Suizid begangen hat und die rechtsextreme Organisation während der Konferenz in Wiesbaden psychische Gewalt angewendet haben dürfte.


Serdar Kaya und Christian Noll
Meinekestr. 7
10719 Berlin


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            Lyndon LaRouche died on 12 February 2019 aged 96 years.  Jeremiah Duggan died on 27 March 2003 aged 22 years old, after attending a conference of the LaRouche Organization. His life was stolen from him. It is with infinite hope that following the death of Lyndon LaRouche there will be honest people who will confess to the truth about what happened to Jeremiah. 

            There are no words to describe the amount of pain and suffering that Lyndon LaRouche caused. His work for many years ruined lives, destroyed families, broke up marriages, incited hatred, spread destructive anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and sowed the seeds of hate throughout the world. It is to be hoped that his life’s work will now come to an end. Lyndon LaRouche was convicted of fraud and given a fifteen-year jail sentence. His memorial will be that not only did he accumulate wealth for himself on the backs of the labour of his idealistic followers but that he cast them into situations of dependency where they lost all pride in their better selves and merely carried on working despite finally realising how sorely they had been betrayed. 




On 20 January 2019 the lawyer Serdar Kaya, acting for the Duggan family, filed an application in the Higher Court (OLG Frankfurt) to re-open the case on the grounds that the investigations to date had been deeply flawed, biased and insufficient.



Jeremiah Duggan, a healthy young student from England, studying in Paris, died in 2003 under suspicious circumstances only a few days after attending a conference in Germany, organized by the LaRouche organization. In 2008 new information came forward that Jeremiah was subjected to harm, and suspects were named.  In 2012 the case was forced open by a verdict by the Higher Court (OLG Frankfurt) which instructed that the circumstances surrounding the death be properly investigated. The Court placed importance on how the danger of collective harming should also be thoroughly investigated.



After the 2012 decision by the OLG, the Wiesbaden authorities delayed for six years to fully carry out the instructions of the Court. Despite the family’s objections, they returned to the same police inspector who in 2003 had destroyed vital evidence and by his action had delayed detection of possible crimes. The family’s lawyer, who had presented important information, was mostly ignored by the authorities who seemed bent on justifying their previous failures.  Key witnesses were not interviewed, and leads were ignored. They also refused to interview Erica Duggan who was the last person to speak to Jeremiah before his death when he phoned her twenty-five minutes earlier stating he was under threat from the LaRouche people and begging to be rescued. 

            Erica Duggan states: ‘Sixteen years ago we asked for a proper investigation and even now they show no sign of taking seriously the danger that killed our son.  Will there ever be protection for young people against the threat of destructive groups if the authorities continue to turn a blind eye?’ 


More Information:  http://Justiceforjeremiah.yolasite.com,  larouche-danger.org.

Berlin Lawyer: Serdar Kaya <mail@kanzlei-kaya.de>

Erica Duggan: justiceforjeremiah@gmail.com




Letter to my brother 

On the 10th anniversary of his death Jerry's older sister Louisa wrote a remarkable letter to her brother. report-on-press-conference-held-in-berlin-on-the-2.php

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Erica relates the events of the night Jerry died on the Radio 4 Broadcast "Soul Music" 

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Jeremiah Duggan was 22 when he decided he needed to take a stand against the impending war in Iraq. A student in Paris, he joined a conference in Germany that professed a strongly anti war message. Jeremiah thought he was among kindred spirits, until he discovered that members of the conference seemed to blame the Jews and the British for starting the war. Confused, Jeremiah spoke out. Just a few hours later he was found dead on an autobahn. The cause of his death remains a mystery.

Jeremiah Duggan, a 22 year old British Student studying in Paris, travelled to Germany on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, to participate in a “peace conference” run by a political organisation called the Schiller Institute (a part of the LaRouche Organization).

During the conference Jeremiah discovered that much of the polemic was directed against the British and the Jews for their supposed role in instigating the war. A war that he was told would set off a nuclear holocaust to destroy the planet and life as we know it. According to eyewitness reports, Jeremiah rose during one such diatribe to say "But I'm a Jew!"

For LaRouche background information visit:  http://larouche-danger.com/.


Six days after his arrival in Germany, in the early hours of 27th March 2003, he called his mother in London and said "Mum I'm in deep trouble.  You know this Nouvelle Solidarity [the name of the French branch of LaRouche Organization] -  I want out!" Then he made it clear he was in terror and wanted to get away and said:  "I'm frightened!  I WANT TO SEE YOU NOW!"  I asked him where he was but in the middle of spelling Wiesbaden the line was cut.

The German police decided immediately that this was suicide, stating that Jeremiah had run into the path of cars and they closed the case without further investigation. This conclusion was reached:

  • Without an autopsy.
  • Without forensic examination of his clothing, which the police destroyed without consulting Jeremiah's family.
  • Without taking written statements from the drivers of the two cars said to be involved in Jeremiah's death.

Four independent forensic experts agree that neither the damage to the two cars nor Jeremiah’s injuries support the conclusion that Jeremiah's death was caused by a road traffic incident.


Despite evidence calling into question every aspect of their conclusion, the German police have refused to reopen the case. This is why Jeremiah’s family pressed for a new inquest to be held in Britain which they hope will finally lead to a proper investigation by German authorities and to justice for Jeremiah.

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