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Ex-Alibaba Manager Released After Police End Assault Probe

  • Decision prompts forceful response online in high-profile case
  • Ex-Alibaba manager received 15-day administrative detention
Outside the Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Outside the Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Prosecutors in the northern Chinese city of Jinan decided to drop their case against a former Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. manager accused of sexual assault by a subordinate, meaning he won’t face criminal charges in a case that has shocked China’s technology industry. 

The manager, surnamed Wang, had been probed after a female colleague accused him of assault and rape following an alcohol-fueled dinner with clients. The Jinan prosecutors’ office didn’t approve his arrest, according to a statement released on Weibo from the city’s police, although he received a 15-day administrative detention.