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South Korea sect chief arrested over coronavirus outbreak
By Newpaper24

Saturday, August 01, 2020, 12:03
By Newpaper24

Lee Man-hee, chief of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, speaks throughout a press convention at a facility of the church in Gapyeong on March 2, 2020. (POOL / Newpaper24)

SEOUL – South Korean authorities arrested the founding father of a secretive Christian sect on the middle of the nation’s largest outbreak of COVID-19 infections on Saturday for allegedly hiding essential data from contact-tracers and different offenses.

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Lee Man-hee is the highly effective head of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus which is linked to greater than 5,200 coronavirus infections, or 36 p.c of South Korea’s whole instances.

Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with different sect leaders to withhold data from authorities in the course of the peak of the outbreak amongst his greater than 200,000 followers

Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with different sect leaders to withhold data from authorities in the course of the peak of the outbreak amongst his greater than 200,000 followers.

Lee, who has described the novel coronavirus because the “satan’s deed” to cease the sect’s progress, allegedly hid particulars on members and their assembly locations as authorities tried to hint an infection routes in February, Yonhap information company reported.

Lee can be suspected of embezzling about 5.6 billion received (US$4.7 million) in church funds, together with about 5 billion received which he allegedly used to construct a retreat, Yonhap stated.

The sect stated in a press release that Lee was involved about authorities calls for for members’ private data however by no means tried to cover something.

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Lee was arrested instantly after a courtroom in Suwon District, south of Seoul, accepted the warrant.

A prosecution official couldn’t be reached outdoors of workplace hours.

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