(JTA) – The alleged suicide of a Jewish British student found dead in Germany was a “set up,” an expert witness told an inquest in London.
Jeremiah Duggan, 22, died March 27, 2003 after attending an anti-war meeting of the LaRouche Schiller Institute in Wiesbaden. Duggan, who was studying at the Sorbonne, reportedly was terrorized by followers of the institute after he objected to statements blaming the Iraq war on Jews and identified himself as Jewish. He was also accused of being a spy to harm the organization.
He fled into busy traffic and reportedly was hit several times by oncoming vehicles.
German police called the death “a suicide by means of a traffic accident.”
A three-day inquest into Duggan’s death, ordered by Britain’s High Court in 2010 to investigate possible foul play, opened on Tuesday.
Forensic photographic expert Paul Canning, who studied photographs from the scene, said the two vehicles which German police said had hit Duggan did not show any signs of contact with the victim, according to reports. He said damage to the cars in the photos was inflicted with a heavy metal object, such as another car.