Church leader linked to wave of coronavirus infections arrested in South Korea

The leader of a mysterious church in South Korea was arrested Saturday on charges of obstructing the government’s effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Lee Man-hee, the chairman of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, is accused of withholding information from health officials as they worked to trace infection routes starting in February and embezzling millions of dollars worth of church funds. He was questioned for eight hours by a judge in Suwon, which is south of Seoul, on Friday.

Lee, whose followers believe he is immortal, is part of a small but fervent anti-lockdown movement in South Korea that authorities say has contributed to the spread of the coronavirus.

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