South Korean Mayor found dead left note suggestive of suicide

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The mayor of South Korea’s capital city, Seoul, Park Won-soon was found dead early on Friday. Park was reported missing late Thursday by his daughter Park Da-in which made the police to launch an intensive search for him.

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Mayor Park Won-Soon was a longtime civic activist and human rights lawyer. He was elected Seoul Mayor in 2011.

In a note found on tbe desk of his official residence which was made public, he wrote,
“I send my apologies to everyone. I thank everyone who shared my life. I am so sorry to my family to whom I only gave pain,”

According to NBC news, Park’s death followed a criminal probe and media reports of alleged sexual misconduct.
The South Korean News, Yonhap news agency reported that one of Park’s former secretaries filed a complaint accusing him of sexual harassment on Wednesday.

As a lawyer in the 1990s, Park won one of South Korea’s earliest cases on sexual harassment. During his career, Park also strongly advocated for the cause of “comfort women” who were forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels during World War II.
In addition, Park was an outspoken advocate of gender equality. Amid the #MeToo movement in 2018, he had praised South Korean women for their courage after a series of women accused powerful politicians of sexual wrongdoings.

Many residents of Seoul expressed shock over his death. Leading lawmakers of the ruling and opposition parties expressed condolences.

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