Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90

Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan passed away today (Nov 23) at the age of 90. Chun was a former general who led the 1979 coup and ruled the country under the regime. The dictatorship led to massive protests demanding democracy.

Min Chung Ki, the secretary of Chun, told the press that The former president suffers from myeloma and leukemia. which caused a lot of deterioration in health in recent times before passing away at his home in Seoul earlier this morning. The family prepares to send the body to the hospital. and a funeral will be held in the afternoon.

Chun was a former military commander who was directly involved in the suppression of pro-democracy protesters in the 1980 Gwangju Uprising that left hundreds dead. Later, he himself was sentenced to death. but received a reduction

News of Chun Doo-hwan’s death comes just a month after former president Roh Tae-Woo, who led the coup, died at the age of 88 on Oct. 26. past

In court in the mid-1990s, Shun insisted that a coup was necessary to protect the country from a political crisis. and denied that he was the one who ordered the soldiers to shoot at the protesters in Gwangju.

“I’m sure if the same situation happens again. I would decide to do the same,” Chun told the court.

Chun and former president No Tae-woo were convicted in 1996 by a South Korean court of aggression, treason and bribery. No was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison, while Chun was sentenced to death.

Subsequently, the Seoul High Court sentenced Chun to imprisonment and fines. He cited his role in contributing to the leapfrog development of the South Korean economy, becoming one of the “4 Tigers of Asia” along with Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and his peaceful handover of power to President No in 1988.

Chun Doo-hwan and Noh Tae-woo were pardoned and released from prison in 1997 by President Kim Yong-sam’s government, calling the process an encouraging effort. “Unity within the nation”

source: Reuters