[KS] Roh Moo Hyun commits suicide

Kap Su Seol kapseol at yahoo.com
Sat May 23 09:31:04 EDT 2009

President Lee Myong-bak and the Korean conservatives lost their whipping child.  

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From: Henny Savenije <webmaster at henny-savenije.pe.kr>
To: Korean Studies Discussion List <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 2:25:18 AM
Subject: Re: [KS] Roh Moo Hyun commits suicide

This is what I just took from Ohmynews

In the early hours of Saturday morning, former president of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, fell to his death from a mountain cliff near his home in Gimhae, in the south of the country.

Roh, 62, had gone for a hike after having left a short note for his family. An aide to the former president has said that Roh committed suicide.

Roh was South Korea's 16th president and came to power in 2003 on a campaign of clean politics. However, in recent weeks Roh and his family have been in the spotlight amid allegations of corruption, including bribes totally $6 million from businessmen while president.

On his Web site last month, the president apologied to South Koreans, saying in part: "I no longer symbolize the values that you pursue." And in a televised press conference, Roh admitted he had disappointed the nation.

"You should discard me," Roh wrote in his last posting to his Web site.

Part of Roh's suicide note reads: "The rest of my life may be a burden to others. Because I am not healthy, I cannot do anything. I cannot read books, cannot write. Don't be sad. Aren't life and death one in the same?"

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