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JD.com CEO's Release From Jail Suggests Police Lacked Proof

  • Liu immediately returned to China from U.S. after he was freed
  • Minneapolis police say rape investigation remains underway
Liu Qiangdong
Liu QiangdongPhotographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg
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Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong flew home to China not long after his arrest in Minnesota on suspicion of rape, raising questions about why he was freed so quickly. But criminal defense lawyers say his departure is a sign that the case probably wasn’t what it seemed.

Liu, chief executive officer of JD.com Inc., China’s second-biggest e-commerce business, was released about 16 hours after his arrest Friday. The reason for his detention was originally disclosed only as “criminal sexual conduct." The police later released a report that specified the suspected offense as “criminal sexual conduct - rape - completed.”