South Korean prosecutors arrested the aged chief of a secretive spiritual sect Saturday as a part of an investigation into allegations that the church hampered the federal government’s anti-virus response after hundreds of worshippers had been contaminated in February and March.
Prosecutors within the central metropolis of Suwaon have been questioning 88-year-old Lee Man-hee, chairman of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, over prices that the church hid some members and underreported gatherings to keep away from broader quarantines.
The Suwon District Court early Saturday granted prosecutors’ request to arrest Lee over issues that he might mood with proof.
Lee and his church have steadfastly denied the accusations, saying they’re cooperating with well being authorities. The church’s spokesperson, Kim Young-eun, mentioned the church will do its finest in order that “the reality is clearly proved in court docket.”
More than 5,200 of the South Korea’s 14,336 coronavirus instances have been linked to the church. Its department within the southern metropolis of Daegu emerged as the largest cluster after infections spiked in late February.
Health authorities used an aggressive test-and-quarantine program to comprise the outbreak in Daegu and close by cities by April, however the nation has seen a resurgence of the virus within the Seoul metropolitan space since late May.