Pastor of the South Korean Church, the place 1000’s of Covid-19 infections had been arrested

Pastor of the South Korean Church, the place 1000’s of Covid-19 infections had been arrested

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Lee Man-hee, 88, leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in South Korea, publicly apologized for the sect's role in the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020

The South Korean authorities have arrested the pastor of a church at the center of the country's outbreak of the country's coronavirus.

Lee Man-hee, 88, leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was arrested on Saturday after an investigation into thousands of cult members' infections.

Over 5,000 Shincheonji members contracted the virus, which is 36% of all confirmed Covid-19 cases across South Korea.

The pastor is accused of having kept information about members and gatherings of contact tracers.

He is also accused of holding unauthorized religious events and embezzling 5.6 billion won ($ 4.7 million; £ 3.6 million), the BBC reports.

He and the Church have denied any wrongdoing. The church claims Lee was concerned about the privacy of Shincheonji members.

"Issuing an arrest warrant by the court does not imply a guilty verdict," the church said.

"Every effort is being made to reveal the truth in the upcoming lawsuits."

Shortly after the outbreak of Covid-19 in South Korea, Man-hee made a public apology when much of the blame for the rapid spread was on the sect.

In March, he said, "I would like to sincerely apologize to the people on behalf of the members."

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