India: Arrested US Pastor Rushed To Hospital


US evangelist, William Arthur Lee, who was arrested in Kochi last week for violating his visa, was admitted to hospital in Kerala yesterday after complaining of chest pains.

He reported feeling unwell at Ernakulam sub-jail. He was sent to the district hospital and then transferred to Thrissur Medical College, jail superintendent C. C. Raju said.

A hospital spokesman later said Lee, founder of Tennessee-based Lee Ministry International, was in a stable condition and that doctors were monitoring the situation.

According to police Lee is due to appear before the district magistrate tomorrow before being deported.

Lee was arrested on Friday and remanded in custody after holding a prayer meeting organized by the Faith Leaders, a Kerala-based evangelical group.

Kochi police commissioner, A.R. Ajithkumar, said Lee had been warned that tourist visa regulations prevented him from holding religious propagation meetings.

But he chose to ignore our warnings so he was arrested, he said.

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