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Probe against S Korean President delayed

Prosecutors probing scandal-hit South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday delayed their investigation indefinitely as the President's counsel has requested it to minimise the number of people being probed.

The prosecution office had claimed the need for a face-to-face questioning of President Park no later than Wednesday, given that it plans to indict around Saturday Park's longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, who is suspected of intervening in state affairs from the shadows, Xinhua news agency reported.

However, the President's attorney on Tuesday said the number of face-to-face questioning should be minimised as rival political parties had agreed to a bill to appoint a special prosecutor, who would probe into the case independently.

Questioning the President through documents would be desirable, the attorney said.

Prosecutors said it could investigate President Park on Thursday, but direct questioning looked hard to be carried out by the current investigative unit of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office incapable of forcing the president to be investigated.

The attorney, who is seeking to let the President avoid multiple investigations, is forecast to accept a document questioning by the current investigative unit and allow the special prosecutor to directly investigate the president after allegations prove to be true.
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