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The Supreme Prosecutors Office said on Friday it is holding internal discussions on how to respond to Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae's decision to intervene in a probe into an alleged collusion case.
The meeting, led by Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, includes senior prosecutors from across the nation.
On Thursday, Minister Choo exercised her authority to oversee the prosecution's investigation, ordering Yoon to suspend the convening of an expert advisory panel tasked with reviewing the case.
She also instructed him to guarantee independence for the probe team handling the case at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office.
The case centers on a reporter who is suspected of using his alleged close ties with prosecutor Han Dong-hoon, a close associate of Yoon, to pressure a jailed financier to divulge corrupt acts by a pro-government commentator.
Due to Han and Yoon's presumably close ties, some suspect the convening of the advisory panel was a scheme to try and deter the ongoing investigation.
It's unclear when the result of the prosecutors' meeting will come out.
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