The billionaire founder and chief executive of Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, Richard Liu, has been arrested in Minnesota, US on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct.
chief executive officer (CEO): 首席执行官
Liu was arrested shortly before midnight local time Friday and released just after 4pm yesterday, according to the website of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. It showed Liu was “released pending complaint”.
released pending complaint: 取保等待正式投诉
Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said that an investigation was ongoing and declined to provide details of the arrest.
“We don’t know if there will be charges or not because we haven’t concluded an investigation,” he told Reuters today.
JD.com, backed by Walmart, Alphabet’s Google, and China’s Tencent Holdings, said in a statement today that Liu, whose Chinese name is Liu Qiangdong, was falsely accused.
“During a business trip to the United States, Mr Liu was questioned by police in Minnesota in relation to an unsubstantiated accusation,” the company said.
“The local police quickly determined there was no substance to the claim against Mr Liu, and he was subsequently able to resume his business activities as originally planned.”
The company did not immediately provide further details, and Liu could not immediately be reached by Reuters.
JD.com is one of China’s tech heavyweights, competing with larger rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Liu, 45, is well known in China and has a net worth of US$7.9 billion (A$11.0 billion), according to Forbes.
The University of Minnesota said Liu was a student in its doctor of business administration program, which primarily takes place in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University aimed at full-time executives.
aim at: 针对；瞄准；目的在于
The students were in the Twin Cities last week as part of their training.
University spokeswoman Emma Bauer in a statement declined to comment further and referred questions to the Minneapolis Police Department.