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South Korean Sect Leader Arrested For Hampering Efforts For Containing COVID-19

SOUTH KOREAN SECT LEADER – Lee Man-hee, the elderly leader of Shincheonji Church of Jesus was arrested for hindering the government’s early efforts to contain the COVID-19 threat.

FILE – In this March 2, 2020, file photo, Lee Man-hee, chairman of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, attends a press conference in Gapyeong, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-coronavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP, File) | Image from: Inquirer

According to Inquirer, Lee, who is 88 year old, led the said church, which is usually condemned as a cult.

People who are affiliated with the said church were among the more thatn 4,000 coronavirus cases in February when the nation was enduring the COVID-19 outbreak.

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As of July 19, those connected with the church made up 38% of all confirmed cases in the country, based on a report from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lee was convicted of giving inaccurate records of church gatherings and false lists of its members to health officials.

A Suwon District Court spokesperson said that the 88-year-old leader was taken in to custody after an arrest warrant was granted by the said court.

Based on the report, the judge said that there have been circumstances indicating systematic attempts to destroy evidence by the leader himself.

The church has claimed that its members will face social stigma and discrimination if their beliefs become publicly known. This discourages some from responding to official inquiries.

Lee, who is has been called a false prophet by the media, is also accused of embezzling 5.6 billion won from church funds and conducting religious activities without approval.

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