Mayor Park says sorry in will

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He had been reported missing by his daughter yesterday, who said he had been unreachable after leaving a message that sounded like "last words".

Park was a huge figure in South Korean politics.

"Choosing a new mayor of the capital one year ahead of the 2022 presidential election will become a referendum on the progressive ruling party's management of the pandemic-era economy", said to Easley.

He defended many political activists and in the 1990s won South Korea's first sexual harassment conviction, in a landmark judgement.

The Korea Herald said Park apologized to everyone, mainly his family, in a note found at his home. "It's also regrettable for anyone in public service to be embroiled in such an allegation regardless of whether it's true or not", said Lee Ji-hye, a resident near Seoul.

The 64-year-old former human rights lawyer had represented the victim in the first sexual assault case in South Korean history, before a change in policy saw him serve as mayor of Seoul for nine years. But there's been no confirmation that was a factor in Park's death.

Earlier this week he courted controversy by being one of several senior Democratic party politicians to attend the funeral of the mother of Ahn Hee-jung, a former provincial governor convicted of sexual offences previous year.

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The police have stated that there is no confirmation of Mayor Park's suicide is related to this alleged sexual harassment case against him.

In this file photo from 1982, President Moon Jae-in (L) and late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon pose for a commemorative photo during the graduation ceremony at the Judicial Research and Training Institute. His sudden disappearance and death came shortly after a sexual harassment claim was filed against him by a former secretary. Choi said the cause of Park's death remains under investigation, but there are no signs of foul play.

Police confirmed a criminal complaint had been made against Park but did not elaborate on the nature of the allegations.

It was also reported that he did not show up for work on Thursday, and he also canceled his 9-day work schedule due to recent physical discomfort.

But the court also said it took into account the fact that Park seems to have received little personal benefit and appears to have been declared politically bankrupt.

Park had a similar background to Moon as a student activist in the days of South Korea's military dictatorship and later a human rights lawyer.

As longtime mayor of the city of almost 10 million people, Park was one of the country's most influential politicians and played a high-profile role in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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