South Korean authorities have arrested the founder of a secretive Christian sect at the centre of the country's largest outbreak of COVID-19 infections for allegedly hiding crucial information from contact-tracers and other offences.
The secretive sect is linked to more than 5,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases Mr Lee is also suspected of embezzling about $6.57 million in church funds
Mr Lee is also suspected of embezzling about $6.57 million in church funds The Shincheonji church has now closed all of its 74 churches around the nation
He is also suspected of embezzling about 5.6 billion won ($6.57 million) in church funds, including spending around 5 billion won to build a retreat and holding religious meetings on regional government property without permission.
Mr Lee was arrested immediately after a court in Suwon District, south of Seoul, approved the warrant.