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Friday, December 07, 2018, 18:15
Former ROK intel chief found dead in possible suicide
By Associated Press
Friday, December 07, 2018, 18:15 By Associated Press

This photo taken on Jan 11, 2013 shows an anti-suicide monitoring device installed at Mapo Bridge - a common place for suicides- over Seoul's Han river. (PEDRO UGARTE / AFP)

SEOUL, ROK — A former South Korean military intelligence chief has been found dead in a possible suicide.

Former Defense Security Command head Gen Lee Jae-su was being investigated for allegedly ordering the illegal surveillance of families of people killed in a 2014 ferry sinking.

Police say Lee's body was found near a Seoul building on Friday

The disaster killed more than 300 people, mostly high school students, and touched off widespread criticism of the government.

Police say Lee's body was found near a Seoul building on Friday.

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Yonhap news agency says Lee appeared to have jumped to his death and that a suicide note was found.

The Defense Ministry had no immediate comment.

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South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries. A string of business executives, K-pop stars and other celebrities have killed themselves in recent years.

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