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South Korean pastor jailed for sexual abuse crimes adopted Bishop Franco defence strategy

New Delhi, Nov 23 (GCCurrentAffairs) South Korean pastor Lee Jae-rock sentenced to 15 years jail for raping eight female followers adopted a Bishop Franco defence strategy stating that the victims were lying and seeking revenge for being caught breaking rules of the Church.

The Bishop Franco strategy adopted by the South Korean pastor is one where a sexual abuse crime is deflected by dismissing it as an act of revenge or a lie.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal currently at the Archdiocese of Jalandhar is accused of raping a 44-year old nun belonging to the Missionaries of Jesus congress. He is accused of raping the nun thirteen time between 2014 and 2016.

He is currently out of jail on conditional bail granted by the the Kerala high court.

His defence strategy was to level the blame on the nun, stating that he was a victim of malicious attack because the nun was seeking revenge because he caught her in a wrongful act.

Lee Jae-rock, 75, has about 130,000 followers at the Manmin Central Church in Seoul.

Earlier this year, three of his followers came forward to say he had called them to his apartment and forced them to have sex.

Lee set up the Manmin Central Church in 1982 with only 12 followers. It has now grown to what is known as a mega-church, with its huge headquarters and auditorium and a website with promises of miracles.

In total, eight women filed criminal complaints and he was arrested in May.

The court found Lee molested and raped the victims “tens of times” over a long period.

“Through his sermons the accused has indirectly or directly suggested he is the holy spirit, deifying himself,” judge Chung Moon-sung told the Seoul Central District Court.

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