Date
20 November 2017
A corruption scandal involving British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline enters a new chapter with the trial of a couple of private investigators hired to look into a secret sex video of its top executive in China. Photo: Bloomberg
A corruption scandal involving British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline enters a new chapter with the trial of a couple of private investigators hired to look into a secret sex video of its top executive in China. Photo: Bloomberg

China to try GSK couple in secret over privacy concern

A British investigator and his American wife and business partner will be tried in China behind closed doors in connection with an investigation into drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

Chinese authorities have told United States consular officials they cannot attend the hearing of Peter Humphrey and his wife Yu Yingzengdue due to privacy concerns.

The trial has been moved to Aug. 7 from July 29, the report said.

The couple, who ran a Shanghai investigation agency, were hired in April last year by GSK to find out who placed a secret camera in the bedroom of its top China executive, Mark Reilly, who was viodeotaped having sex with his Chinese girlfriend.

The footage had been e-mailed to GSK chief executive Andrew Witty. It led to a Chinese investigation that uncovered bribery and other wrongdoing by the company, according to reports. 

Humphrey and Yu face one charge of illegally buying private information. A charge of running an illicit business has been dropped.

Their teenage son, who has not seen them since they were detained a year ago in Shanghai, will be barred from the court proceedings, the report said.

This came as supporters expressed concern about the couple’s health.

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