South Korean prosecutors arrest leader of church tied to virus cases
The Hill reports: Authorities in South Korea have arrested the leader of a church linked to a significant number of the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Lee Man-hee, the 88-year-old chairman of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was taken into custody by prosecutors in the central city of Suwaon on Saturday, The Associated Press reports.
Lee has been charged with hiding some members of the church from the country’s broad coronavirus testing and has also been accused of underreporting the size of the church’s gatherings to the government.
Breaking: South Korean prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Shincheonji Church of Jesus founder and chairman Lee Man-hee. https://t.co/L5IM2zZEqt
— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) July 28, 2020
Terrorists ‘view prison as an opportunity’, report warns as government pushes to increase sentences
Independant reports: Jailed terrorists may see their time in prison “as an opportunity” to become more extreme and prepare for attacks, a report has warned as the government pushes to increase sentences.
Research by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) found that at least five terror attacks have been plotted or carried out by serving and released prisoners in Britain since 2016.
The report, which covers 10 European countries including the UK, warned that jihadis were “increasingly turning prisons into a theatre of conflict and confrontation”.
“There is an emerging view among extremists that prison is an opportunity, not necessarily just to recruit or network, but to also work on themselves,” it said.
Thousands gather for ‘end of the pandemic’ protest in Berlin, ignore coronavirus safety measures
Fox News reports: Thousands gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions as authorities raise concerns about a rise in new infections.
The demonstration, called “The end of the pandemic – freedom day,” drew people from various parts of Germany after weeks of planning. Police used bullhorns to ask participants to adhere to safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks.
“We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom,” the crowd chanted. The protesters held up signs with phrases such as “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “Corona, false alarm.”
Berlin today: At least 20,000 people take to the streets to protest coronavirus measures pic.twitter.com/HINHL2fiH3
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) August 1, 2020
BREAKING – Many thousand of anti-#COVID19 protesters marching in Berlin intentionally without masks and social distancing amid rising coronavirus cases in the capital of Germany.pic.twitter.com/hLzhh1En4l
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) August 1, 2020
People are done with being controlled. https://t.co/2Oz6PjnWHB
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 1, 2020
Iran says it detains leader of California-based exile group
AP News reports: TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it detained an Iranian-American leader of a little-known California-based militant opposition group for allegedly planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounded over 200 others.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry also alleged Jamshid Sharmahd of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran planned other attacks around the Islamic Republic amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. over its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
It was unclear how the 65-year-old Sharmahd, whom Iran accused of running the opposition group’s Tondar militant wing, ended up detained by intelligence officials. The Intelligence Ministry called it a “complex operation,” without elaborating. It published a purported picture of Sharmahd, blindfolded, on its website.
Iran says it has detained leader of California-based exile group https://t.co/DbirNbeAbl
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 1, 2020