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Tech CEO Song Myong-bin found dead ahead of court appearance

The CEO of the tech company Marker Group died Wednesday morning ahead of an arrest warrant hearing scheduled for the same day. Police say Song Myong-bin took his own life near his home in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, at around 4:40 a.m. 

The police found a six-page suicide note in his home telling his family he was sorry.

Song Myong-bin (Yonhap)
Song Myong-bin (Yonhap)

Song was accused of assaulting an employee on multiple occasions over three years starting in 2016, using an iron pipe and a piece of lumber. Footage of Song brutally beating the employee with his fist was aired by local media outlets in December, creating a stir among the public.

The police requested an arrest warrant for Song last Thursday over the alleged assault as well as alleged threats. An arrest warrant hearing had been scheduled at the Seoul Southern District Court on Wednesday morning.

Song was a tech industry expert and was the first to introduce the concept of the “right to be forgotten” in South Korea. In 2012 he founded the Marker Group, turning that concept into a business.

By Park Ju-young (