November 13, 2020 12:42
The leader of the Shincheonji sect, who was indicted in August for obstructing government efforts to fight the cornavirus epidemic, was released from jail on bail on Thursday.
Lee Man-hee (89) is accused of concealing or submitting false reports on the identities of the sect's followers and worship centers when the sect became the hotbed of coronavirus infections in Daegu in February.
He had applied for bail on Sept. 18 and appeared for his trial in a wheelchair, complaining of pain.
"I'm worried that I might not live to see the end of my trial," he said. "I intend to be present at my trial while undergoing treatment because I feel victimized."
The Suwon District Court set his bail at W100 million and ordered him to wear an electronic tag and remain at home unless he is in court (US$1=W1,115).
It said there was little chance of Lee destroying or tampering with evidence since the investigation is almost finished, while his health appears to have worsened in detention.
Lee left a remand prison in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday without answering questions from reporters.
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