China charges GSK foreign consultants with illegal investigation

18th July 2014

Briton Peter Humphrey and his US wife charged with illegally obtaining private data on Chinese citizens a year after arrest in connection with bribery case.

Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted a British-US couple on the charge of “illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens”, one year after they were detained in connection with an increasingly murky bribery case against the British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.

Peter Humphrey, a 58-year-old British national, and Yu Yingzeng, a 61-year-old US citizen, who ran a Shanghai-based corporate investigation consultancy for foreign businesses operating in China, will be tried in the city on 7 August, friends of the family have said. Family members and foreign diplomats are to be barred from the court.

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