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South Korea ex-president targeted by bribery probe dies in apparent suicide
Matt Glenn on May 23, 2009 2:23 PM ET

[JURIST] Former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] apparently committed suicide Saturday by leaping off a 30-foot cliff. Roh and members of Roh's family were under investigation [UPI report] by the Republic of Korea's Supreme Prosecutor's Office [official website] for allegedly accepting bribes while in office. A spokesperson for South Korea's Ministry of Justice [official website] announced [Korea Times report] that the investigation would not continue following Roh's death. Roh left a note [Korea Herald report] stating he did not want to burden the lives of those around him. Current South Korean President Lee Myung-bak [official website] offered his condolences [press release] to his predecessor's family.

Earlier this month Roh's brother Roh Gun-pyeong was fined [Korea Herald report] and sentenced to four years in jail for bribery. Two other Roh associates were found guilty at the same trial. Both were fined, and one received a three year sentence while the other received a three year suspended sentence. On April 30 prosecutors questioned [Korea Times report] the former president, suspecting him of having taken up to $6 million in bribes from Park Yeon-cha, a financial supporter who is also CEO of a shoe manufacturing company. Roh admitted that his wife had received $1 million from Park, but said the money was a loan rather than a bribe. Roh became president in 2003 after campaigning heavily against corruption.

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Canada court sentences and releases first of 'Toronto 18' convicted for terrorism link
Ximena Marinero on May 23, 2009 10:35 AM ET

[JURIST] The first person convicted under Canada's post-9/11 terrorism law [JURIST report] was sentenced Friday to 36 months in prison, and released by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] in consideration of the time he has already served in prison since his arrest in 2006. The yet-unnamed man will be on three-year probation and placed under a ten-year weapon ownership ban, and will have to submit a DNA sample. He was convicted in September 2008 of participating in the activities of the so-called "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder; advocacy website] which allegedly planned a series of violent attacks on civilians, public officials, and government buildings. The media cannot name the man until one month after the sentencing when he has had the chance to appeal his conviction in order to preserve jurors from potential prejudice, as determined by a January 3-2 decision [JURIST report] by the Ontario Court of Appeal finding that the Canadian criminal statute [text] allowing defendants to request a media blackout is applicable in this instance because he was still a minor when arrested in 2006.

The 21-year-old's conviction was the first under Section 83 [Department of Justice Canada backgrounder] of the Anti-Terrorism Act [text], passed in late 2001. The law allows the Canadian federal government, subject to judicial approval, to arrest and jail citizens to prevent terrorism. Although little information was released about the minors arrested among the Toronto 18, the charges eventually laid against the 12 adult males included participating in a terrorist group, receiving training from a terrorist group, training terrorists, and importing weapons and ammunition for terrorism.

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