JD.com CEO Liu Qiangdong must appear in court if charged for rape: Hennepin County Attorney's Office

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The investigation into Liu Qiangdong, founder and CEO of China’s second largest e-commerce platform JD.com, is continuing.

Liu, 45, who goes by Richard Liu in the English-speaking world, was arrested at 1 a.m. on August 31 in Minneapolis after an allegation of rape, according to a person familiar with the case.

He and the woman, who alleged the sexual assault, sat at the same table during a group dinner on Thursday at Origami, a Japanese restaurant, the person added.

Liu was released without any charges and without requirement of bail the next day and has returned to Beijing, where JD.com is based.

In an exclusive interview with the financial news website caixin.com, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said police is still probing the case, and it is keeping in contact with them.

According to the office, they would determine whether to sue Liu within one week after the case is transferred to them. Liu must appear in court if they determine to charge him with crime.

If found guilty for rape, which is a first-degree sexual abuse offense, Liu would face the maximum prison term of 30 years and the minimum of 12 years, according to the Minnesota Act.

Liu and JD.com have not yet responded to the new developments.

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