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South Korea's maverick prosecutor takes aim at heart of Samsung

Investigator will have to prove he can resist political pressure

Yoon Seok-Yeol, who was appointed chief of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in 2017, has built up a reputation for challenging authority.

SEOUL -- Lee Jae-Yong, the de facto head of South Korean giant Samsung Electronics, had managed to keep his distance from an investigation into alleged accounting fraud at the group's biotech arm Samsung BioLogics.

That changed last week when his closest adviser -- Chung Hyun-ho, Samsung Electronics' president -- was hauled in for 17 hours of questioning.

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