SEOUL—The leader of the mysterious church at the center of South Korea’s major Covid-19 outbreak was arrested Saturday for withholding and falsifying records, which allegedly hobbled the government’s early efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

Lee Man-hee, the 88-year-old leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was questioned for more than eight hours on Friday by a local judge in Suwon, a city just south of Seoul. He is accused of providing false documents to health authorities at the peak of South Korea’s outbreak…



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