MAYOR DEAD AF­TER SEX ABUSE CLAIM

Geelong Advertiser - - WORLD -

PARK Won-soon, the pow­er­ful and out­spo­ken mayor of Seoul and a po­ten­tial South Korean pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, was found dead on Fri­day af­ter a sus­pected sui­cide. He was 64.

Mr Park’s body was found on a moun­tain north of the city, po­lice said, af­ter his fam­ily had re­ported him miss­ing, spark­ing a fran­tic search by hun­dreds of of­fi­cers.

Po­lice said no sui­cide note was found, but Yon­hap news agency re­ported that he was “pre­sumed to have taken his own life”.

A for­mer Seoul City em­ployee had filed a po­lice com­plaint against him, al­legedly in­volv­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment. Mr Park’s daugh­ter con­tacted po­lice on Thurs­day, say­ing her fa­ther had been un­reach­able. He left a mes­sage that sounded like “last words” and his phone had been turned off, she said.

A lead­ing fig­ure in the coun­try’s rul­ing Demo­cratic party, Mr Park was a favoured can­di­date to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in. He did not deny his pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions in an in­ter­view ear­lier this year.

Pic­tures: GETTY, AFP

The body of Seoul's mayor is re­moved from a moun­tain, and (in­set) Mr Park Won-soon.

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