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Amid Rising Suicides, Lotte Death Shines Light on Prosecutors

  • Lotte executive found dead hours before scheduled questioning
  • South Korea has highest suicide rate among OECD countries

As Lotte Group reels from the possible suicide of one of its top executives, the untimely death has become the latest example of what’s become an all-too-common outcome for South Koreans under investigation or facing prosecution.

Local police said on Friday they are investigating the death of Vice Chairman Lee In Won, whose body was found on Friday hours before the second highest-ranking executive at the Korean conglomerate was scheduled to be questioned by prosecutors. A note was found nearby and authorities will determine the cause of death following an autopsy.