Chinese prosecutors have filed charges against two foreign investigators working for British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Reuters said, citing a Xinhua News Agency report.
The case against British investigator Peter Humphrey and his American wife Yu Yingzeng is part of a long-running investigation into GSK, whose China executives have been charged with systematic bribery to promote sales, the report said.
The couple have been formally charged at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court with illegally obtaining private information, according to Xinhua. The trial has been set for Aug. 7 and will be closed to the public, Reuters quoted two family friends as saying.
ChinaWhys, a risk consultancy run by the couple, was employed by GSK in April 2013 to investigate a former employee suspected of sending anonymous emails, including the circulation of an intimate video of former GSK China head Mark Reilly with his girlfriend, as well as emails containing allegations of widespread bribery at the British drugmaker.
The Xinhua report said that between 2009 and 2013 Humphrey and Yu paid people in Beijing and Shanghai to obtain personal information of indivuals, although they were fully aware that their actions were illegal.
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