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BEIJING (Reuters) - The CEO of JD.com Inc (JD.O), Richard Liu, has returned to China, the Chinese e-commerce giant sterling silver classic cushion mother of pearl cufflinks said on Monday, days after he was arrested by police in the U.S, city of Minneapolis on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct and later released, Police said an investigation was ongoing, JD.com has said that the accusation against Liu, 45, was unsubstantiated, A Minnesota-based lawyer for Liu, Earl Gray, said Liu denies any wrongdoing, and added he does not expect his client to be charged, noting that Liu was released without charges or bail, and was allowed to return to China..
“Under these circumstances based on our substantial experience in the criminal justice system in Minnesota charges are highly unlikely in the future to be brought against our client,” Gray said in an emailed statement. Minneapolis police said on Sunday that “an active investigation” was under way, although it was possible for the billionaire founder of the firm to leave the United States. Reuters has not been able to reach Liu for comment. “We don’t know if there will be charges or not because we haven’t concluded an investigation,” John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, told Reuters on Sunday. He declined to provide details of the arrest.
In addition to making Liu the highest-profile sterling silver classic cushion mother of pearl cufflinks Chinese businessperson to be accused publicly of sexual misconduct, the case has raised concerns that loss-making Nasdaq-listed JD.com could face difficulties making decisions due to its unusual governance structure, The company is backed by Walmart Inc (WMT.N), Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and China’s Tencent Holdings (0700.HK), JD.com’s rules require Liu, who holds nearly 80 percent of the company’s voting rights, to be present at board meetings for the board to make decisions, although it was not immediately clear if he has to be physically present or could participate by teleconference..
“I’m not aware of any other company that has similar rules,” said Chris Leahy, co-founder of advisory firm Blackpeak and a corporate governance expert. “If the board isn’t quorate without Richard Liu, if he is unable to attend, and if there are no other provisions that offer a way round that, the company could become ungovernable,” he said. The Financial Times, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter, reported that the case involved Liu, who is a student in the University of Minnesota’s doctor of business administration program, and a Chinese student at the university.
While the doctoral program primarily takes place in Beijing in partnership with the prestigious Tsinghua University, the students were in the Twin Cities last sterling silver classic cushion mother of pearl cufflinks week as part of their training, According to its website, the program is designed for top-level executives working in China, and the average age of participants is 50, The complaint against Liu was made just before midnight local time on Friday, and he was released just after 4 p.m, on Saturday, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff website..
University spokeswoman Emma Bauer referred questions to the Minneapolis Police Department. China’s foreign ministry said its consulate in Chicago was closely watching the situation. “We are currently seeking information and verification from the relevant U.S. departments,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular Beijing news conference on Monday. SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE. Chinese social media was abuzz over the arrest, with a thread on Liu’s police booking photo ranking as the most discussed topic on China’s Weibo platform on Monday morning, read more than 250 million times.
JD.com, one of China’s tech heavyweights, competes with larger rival Alibaba Group (BABA.N), and Liu has a net worth of $7.9 billion, according to Forbes, The company, worth some $45 billion, has seen its stock lose 24 percent of its value this year amid concerns of weakening growth momentum, The company has been in and out of the red for the past year and last month reported a second-quarter net loss of $334.4 million - almost twice market estimates - reflecting increased investment, Liu built JD.com from scratch, In 1998, sterling silver classic cushion mother of pearl cufflinks he spent 12,000 yuan ($1,760) of his savings to lease a four-square-meter retail space in Beijing’s technology hub of Zhongguancun, setting up a firm that would become JD.com, He is also known for his marriage to Chinese internet celebrity Zhang Zetian..