China court drops sexual assault case against ex-Alibaba employee

The district court in north-eastern Shandong province said the “forcible indecency” committed by the man, identified as Wang, was not a crime.

The employee was arrested last month after a female employee of Alibaba said she was sexually assaulted on a business trip.

Her allegations were shared widely on Chinese social media.

Police in the city of Jinan, where the incident took place, said the investigation was closed but that Wang will remain under detention for 15 days “as punishment”.

The People’s Procuratorate of Huaiyin city in Jinan added that Mr Wang’s arrest order was not approved.

“Alibaba Group has a zero-tolerance policy against sexual misconduct, and ensuring a safe workplace for all our employees is Alibaba’s top priority” an Alibaba spokesperson told the BBC in response to news of the case being dropped.

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