Roh Moo-hyun

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Person.png Roh Moo-hyun  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Roh Moo-hyun.jpg
Gimhae, South Korea
Died23 May 2009 (Age 62)
Yangsan, South Korea
Cause of death
NationalitySouth Korean
ReligionRoman Catholicism
SpouseKwon Yang-sook
Victim ofpremature death
PartyUnified Party (1988–1990) Democratic Party (1990–1997), Millennium Democratic Party, (1997–2003), Uri Party, (2003–2007)
Former South Korean President. Officially committed suicide after a corruption scandal, which was promptly closed.

Employment.png President of South Korea

In office
25 February 2003 - 24 February 2008
Succeeded byLee Myung-bak

Employment.png Minister of Oceans and Fisheries

In office
7 August 2000 - 25 March 2001

Employment.png Member of the National Assembly

In office
22 July 1998 - 29 May 2000

Employment.png Member of the National Assembly

In office
30 May 1988 - 29 May 1992
Succeeded byLee Myung-bak, Kim Young-sam

Roh Moo-hyun was a Korean politician. He died suddenly while being investigated for corruption. It was ruled a suicide.


Roh has been under investigation for alleged bribery involving his family members and long-time supporter Park Yeon-cha, the CEO of shoemaking firm Taekwang.

However, the Ministry of Justice and the prosecution have now declared an end to the investigation. Justice Minister Kim Kyung-han said, ``The ongoing investigation will be brought to a halt following his death.

Roh's elder brother,Geon-pyeong, who is serving a prison term for a separate bribery case, was temporarily released to attend the funeral.

The former head of state was suspected of taking at least $6.4 million in bribes from Park during his presidency, dealing a devastating blow to the man who earned fame as a "clean" politician.[1]


On the morning of 23 May 2009, Roh Moo-Hyun was found seriously injured at the base of a 45m cliff known as Bueong'i Bawi behind his rural home in his home village of Bongha. He was sent by car to Seyoung hospital nearby at 7:20 am and moved to Busan University Hospital at around 8:15 am (and pronounced dead at around 9:30 am (00:30 GMT).[2] It was ruled a suicide.[3]


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