Roh Moo Hyun

Roh Moo Hyun, former President of South Korea, spent his life thumbing his nose at the country's political establishment. As a human-rights lawyer in the 1980s, he defended student protesters who fought the then dictatorial regime. In 2002, Roh--who never attended college--stunned South Korea's élite with his upset presidential-election victory. Less than seven years later, on May 23, he committed suicide at age 62 by jumping off a cliff while hiking near his home.

Even now Roh remains a thorn in the side of his opponents. His devoted supporters blame the conservative administration of President Lee Myung Bak for driving Roh...

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