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South Korea's top prosecutor fights suspension as reform battle rages

Moon administration's moves to defang powerful office galvanize opposition

South Korean Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae, left, and Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl. (Choo photo courtesy of South Korea's presidential office, Yoon photo by Yonhap/Kyodo)

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's prosecutorial reform push has landed in court as Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl seeks an injunction against his suspension from duty by Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae.

The Seoul Administrative Court held a hearing on the case Monday. Choo's representative called for the petition to be dismissed, arguing that the suspension was "necessary" in light of alleged "grave misconduct" by Yoon. The head prosecutor's side asserted that the move was "illegal and inappropriate," and incompatible with democracy and the rule of law.

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