Chinese prosecutors on Friday charged a British investigator and his American wife with illegally obtaining private information in a case that could be key to a bribery investigation against GlaxoSmithKline.
Peter Humphrey and Yu Yingzeng ran risk consultancy ChinaWhys, whose clients included GSK, and their testimony is being closely watched for any comments on the British drugmaker. The prosecutors, laying out the charges at the start of the trial, said the couple had illegally obtained more than 200 items of private information, including household registration data, real estate documents and phone records, and then re-sold the data. GSK was not mentioned in the charge sheet.
According to the court's official microblog, Yu said she did know that the third-party consultants ChinaWhys had hired to get the data had done so illegally.
Humphrey said in a note last year he felt “cheated” by GSK, adding that the drugmaker had not shared the full details of the bribery allegations. A GSK spokes-man declined to comment.