The prosecution has begun investigating the military's controversial martial law plans drafted in 2017.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said Wednesday that the case was assigned to a public safety department, which is conducting a legal review of the case.

A civic group filed a complaint against the former and incumbent heads of the Defense Security Command(DSC) for the unit's contingency plan to quell the 2017 anti-government candlelight protests.

The counterintelligence military unit was accused of plotting to commit treason.

A separate independent team of investigators is soon expected to launch its own probe after President Moon Jae-in ordered it to get to the bottom of the allegations on Tuesday.

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