Briefing: Findings of JD.Com CEO’s rape accusation has turned over to prosecutors

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Minneapolis prosecutors weighing evidence in JD.com CEO case – Reuters

What happened: The Minneapolis Police Department has turned the findings of the investigation in accusations of rape against Liu Qiangdong, founder and chief executive officer of China’s second-largest e-commerce platform JD.com, to prosecutors, according to a statement by Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. The statement also said there will be no further comment on the matter until that decision is made on whether to press charges against Liu, and there’s no deadline for a decision.

Why it’s important: Liu was arrested by Minneapolis police on suspicion of rape on Aug.31, and the post went viral on Chinese social media immediately. JD.com first denied the accusation, calling a slander on Liu, but, later, the company confirmed. The case raised concerns over what might happen to the e-commerce platform in Liu’s absence.