Saturday, May 23, 2009

South Korea's Roh Commits Suicide

Former S. Korean President Roh Dies in Apparent Suicide

Washington Post — Former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun, a suspect in a corruption scandal that implicated his wife and family, apparently committed suicide Saturday by leaping from a mountain cliff near his rural home.
Roh, 62, died of head injuries while hiking in the early morning with a bodyguard. "He appears to have jumped from a mountain rock," said Moon Jae-in, a lawyer who was Roh's presidential chief of staff.
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S Korean president expresses regret over former president's death

Xinhua — S. Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Saturday his predecessor Roh Moo-hyun's death is a national tragedy and expressed deep regrets, his spokesman said.
Lee Dong-kwan, spokesman for the presidential office, said that the news was hard to believe and that the president and his office were in complete shock.
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Ex-president Roh's life ends amid scandaldan

United Press International — Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun took his own his life Saturday, a year after leaving office ensnared in a bribery scandal, authorities said.
Roh, 62, president from 2003 to 2008, threw himself off a mountainside near his home. In his last public statements, weeks before his death, he spoke of the shame he felt, The New York Times reported.
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