Prominent South Korea politician found dead in apparent suicide

2018-07-23 10:43
Roh Hoe-chan, a three-term lawmaker of South Korea's left-leaning Justice Party, arriving at Incheon international airport, west of Seoul. (YONHAP / AFP)

Roh Hoe-chan, a three-term lawmaker of South Korea's left-leaning Justice Party, arriving at Incheon international airport, west of Seoul. (YONHAP / AFP)

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A prominent liberal South Korean politician embroiled in a corruption scandal has been found dead in a possible suicide.

South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries. A string of high-profile figures, including a former president and business executives, have killed themselves in recent years.

Police say lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan of the small opposition Justice Party was found dead near a Seoul apartment building on Monday morning.

Yonhap news agency says Roh leapt to his death from the building after leaving a suicide note saying he feels sorry to his family.

Police couldn't immediately confirm the report.

Roh faced an investigation over an allegation that he received money from a man jailed over a corruption scandal.

The allegation has tarnished Roh's clean and reform-minded image.


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