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Rape claims against Chinese billionaire Richard Liu under review by prosecutors in Minnesota

Staff Writer |
US authorities have completed an investigation into a rape allegation involving Chinese billionaire Richard Liu Qiangdong, founder of e-commerce giant JD.com, and have handed the matter to local prosecutors for possible charges.

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Liu, 45, was arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 31 after being accused of rape. He was released the next day and returned to China.

The Minneapolis Police Department completed its initial investigation, and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman “will review all of the evidence and make a decision on whether to bring charges”, Freeman’s department announced on Thursday.

There is no deadline for the decision. Liu could face a prison sentence of up to 30 years if he is charged and convicted. JD.com has said Liu was falsely accused. His defence lawyers in Minneapolis have said he is innocent.

Liu was in Minneapolis to take classes at the University of Minnesota, where he was enrolled at the school’s Carlson School of Management to complete the American residency of a US-China business administration doctorate programme.

Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a prominent member of the Chinese tech elite, with a fortune of US$7.5 billion.


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