Seoul mayor found left note saying “sorry for everyone”, no mention of allegations – National


Seoul mayor left note saying he felt “sorry for everyone” before being found dead Friday morning, officials in the South Korean capital said as people started to cry over the activist liberal legal considered as a potential presidential candidate.Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead in wooded hills in north Seoul a few hours after his daughter reported to police that he had left her an “as much” verbal message as possible and had disappeared. Her body was found after hours of searching near the last location on her phone. Police said there were no signs of a crime at the site, but refused to reveal his cause of death.

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A mourning station was set up in a hospital to receive mourners for five days. Some politicians and civic activists visited the hospital to pay their respects to Park. His funeral will take place next week.

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Seoul government officials said Park had canceled scheduled appointments and had not come to work on Thursday without explanation.

South Korean media, including SBS, reported on Thursday evening that one of Park’s secretaries had filed a complaint with police on Wednesday evening for alleged sexual harassment for an extended period.

Police later confirmed that a complaint against Park had been made, but cited confidentiality concerns by refusing to provide details, including whether the complaint concerned sexual behavior.

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The Seoul city government said that a note left by Park had been found in his residence.

“I’m sorry for everyone. I thank all those who have been with me in my life, ”said the note broadcast on television. He went on to request that his remains be cremated and scattered around his parents’ graves.

The American ambassador to South Korea, Harry Harris, expressed his sadness at the death of Park. “My condolences to his family and the people of Seoul during this difficult time,” said his tweet.

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Park, 64, was a longtime civic activist and human rights lawyer before being elected mayor of Seoul in 2011. He became the city’s first mayor to be elected for a third term in June 2018 A member of President Moon Jae-in’s Liberal Democratic Party, he was considered a potential presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.

Park waged an aggressive campaign to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the city of 10 million people, shutting down thousands of nightclubs and banning gatherings on the main streets of the city center.

But the capital has become a new center of the epidemic in South Korea since the country relaxed its rigid rules of social distancing in early May. Authorities are struggling to locate contacts of those infected as clusters arise in various locations.

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