SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former South Korean military intelligence chief was found dead on Friday, police said, in a suspected suicide.
Former Defense Security Command head Lee Jae-su was being investigated by state prosecutors for allegedly ordering the illegal surveillance of families of people killed in a 2014 ferry sinking. Lee, a retired three-star general, had denied the allegation.
The disaster killed more than 300 people, mostly high school students, and touched off widespread criticism of then President Park Geun-hye. She was eventually ousted from office over a corruption scandal in March 2017.
Police said Lee’s body was found near a Seoul building on Friday.
Yonhap news agency said Lee appeared to have jumped to his death and that a suicide note was found.
The Defense Ministry had no immediate comment.
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. In July, an opposition lawmaker embroiled in a corruption case, Roh Hoe-chan, leapt to his death.