MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Minneapolis police have completed their initial investigation into a Chinese billionaire accused of sexual assault.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis police handed their investigation against Liu Qiangdong over to prosecutors.
The founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape. A police report doesn’t provide details of the alleged incident. Liu was released the next day and he returned to China.
Liu is a student with the Carlson School of Management’s doctor of business administration China program and was in Minneapolis to attend a residency from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. The four-year program is geared toward high-level executives in China and is a partnership with Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.
JD.com has said Liu was falsely accused. His defense attorneys in Minneapolis have said he is innocent.
Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a prominent member of the Chinese tech elite, with a fortune of $7.5 billion.
Details on the allegations have not yet been released.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says his prosecutors will now review all the evidence and make a decision on whether to bring charges. There is no deadline for the decision.
No additional comment was made.
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