South Korea ex-president targeted by bribery probe died in apparent suicide

On May 23, 2009, former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun committed apparent suicide by leaping off a 30-foot cliff, leaving a note stating that he did not want to burden the lives of those around him, following the commencement of a corruption investigation centered on Roh and his family. Roh was elected president in 2003 after campaigning heavily against corruption in South Korea; before his death, Roh's brother, wife, and associates were all found guilty of or investigated for corruption, including an alleged $1 million "loan" from the CEO of a prominent shoe manufacturing company. The South Korea Ministry of Justice announced that the corruption investigation would not continue following Roh's death.


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