Hyundai Executive Commits Suicide

A top executive in South Korea's Hyundai conglomerate has committed suicide by leaping from his office window in Seoul.

Chung Mong-Hun was on trial on charges stemming from allegations that his company helped the former South Korean government secretly pay North Korea $100 million to get Pyongyang to agree to a historic summit in 2000. The meeting was a breakthrough in efforts to reconcile the two countries.

Chung left behind a note asking forgiveness for what he called his "foolish act." He urged his deputy to continue joint economic ventures with the North.

The Associated Press