World News

South Korean sect leader acquitted of violating coronavirus rules after outbreak

A South Korean courtroom has acquitted a non secular sect leader of costs that he intentionally disrupted the federal government’s anti-virus response early final yr after 1000’s of his worshippers have been contaminated with the coronavirus.

However, the Suwon District Court on Wednesday discovered the 89-year-old Lee Man-hee responsible of separate costs that he embezzled greater than $5 million in church funds and arranged unauthorized worship providers in public areas. His three-year jail time period shall be suspended for 4 years.

Lee’s church, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, issued an announcement denying his wrongdoings and confirming plans to attraction. Kang Susana, a prosecutor in Suwon, stated her workplace would determine whether or not to attraction after analyzing the ruling.

COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT TO US TROOPS OVERSEAS GETS UNDERWAY

Lee Man-hee, a leader of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, bows during the press conference in Gapyeong, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020. In the hastily arranged news conference Lee, the 88-year-old leader of a religious sect which has the country’s largest cluster of infections, bowed down on the ground twice and apologized for causing the "unintentional" spread of the disease. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)

Lee Man-hee, a leader of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, bows in the course of the press convention in Gapyeong, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020. In the rapidly organized information convention Lee, the 88-year-old leader of a non secular sect which has the nation’s largest cluster of infections, bowed down on the bottom twice and apologized for inflicting the “unintentional” unfold of the illness. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap by way of AP)

Prosecutors had sought a five-year jail time period for Lee, who was arrested in August earlier than his launch on bail in November. They accused Lee and his church of violating the nation’s infectious illness legislation by intentionally hiding some of the church’s membership and under-reporting its gatherings to keep away from broader quarantines following the outbreak across the southeastern metropolis of Daegu in February and March final yr.

But the courtroom stated it was unclear whether or not the church’s failure to supply a full checklist of its membership was a criminal offense. The assortment of such primary info isn’t half of the precise boundaries of contact tracing spelled out by the legislation, the courtroom stated.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

More than 5,000 of South Korea’s 70,212 coronavirus circumstances have been linked to Lee’s church.

Back to top button
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!