Seoul, South Korea:
A woman who runs an animal shelter for South Korean victims of sexual slavery in Japan during the war was found dead in her home, police said on Sunday.
Prosecutors are investigating allegations that the Korean Justice and Remembrance Council activist group has misused funds intended for so-called "comfort women" – a euphemism for Japan's former wartime sex slaves.
The 60-year-old woman is said to have committed suicide, the police said.
"She came home alone and the door was locked," the police told AFP without giving the woman's name.
Officers said they didn't think anyone else was involved in her death.
The reason for her death was not known, but South Korean news agency Yonhap said she said she had had a difficult time after prosecutors searched the shelter.
The plight of the comfort women has been a sensitive issue between Seoul and Tokyo for decades, and the activist group had campaigned for compensation from Japan.
But last month, Lee Yong-soo, a prominent victim, accused the group and its former leader of taking comfort women to collect government funds and public donations.
Lee said little money was spent on her cause, which led the prosecutor to open a probe.
The investigation includes allegations that former leader Yoon Mee-hyang embezzled funds to buy apartments and pay her daughter's tuition in the United States.
Yoon, who left the group after winning a parliamentary seat in April, has denied all allegations but apologized for "bank errors".
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