South Korea sect leader cleared of hindering Covid-19 effort


Leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, Lee Man-hee, has been cleared of obstructing South Korea's efforts to contain Covid-19 but has been found guilty of embezzlement. – EPA pic, January 13, 2021.

THE elderly leader of a secretive religious sect at the centre of South Korea’s early coronavirus outbreak was cleared today of hindering the government’s virus prevention efforts, reports said.

Lee Man-hee was convicted, however, of embezzling billions of won from his organisation and given a suspended prison sentence.


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