Baseball - South Korea to probe secret surveillance of baseball players

(FILES) This May 16, 2014 file photo shows a baseball caught in a glove during a Major League Baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. South Korea's human rights watchdog said November 7, 2014 that it would launch an investigation into allegations that Busan-based Lotte Giants professional baseball club secretly spied on its players. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

- South Korea's human rights watchdog said Friday it would launch an investigation into allegations that a professional baseball club secretly spied on its players.

It emerged earlier this week that officials from Busan-based Lotte Giants had monitored players via CCTV cameras installed at hotels where they stayed for away games, prompting the resignation of team president Choi Ha-Jin and two other top club officials.

"Because of the serious repercussions, we decided to launch an investigation today," a spokeswoman of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea told AFP.

The state human rights watchdog will see whether there was any breach of privacy laws, she said.

AFP