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Shanghai court to try GlaxoSmithKline staff

A SHANGHAI court says US and UK investigators who worked for drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will stand trial on August 8 on charges of illegally obtaining information on Chinese citizens.

The Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court said yesterday that Yingzeng Yu and her husband, Peter Humphrey, would have a “public trial”. Authorities had told US and UK diplomats they would be barred from the proceedings because the trial involved secret information but later reversed that decision.

The couple was detained last year and accused of improperly obtaining information such as home addresses of Chinese citizens for reports sold to corporate clients.

China is also investigatingGlaxoSmithKline for allegedly bribing doctors to use its drugs. Authorities have not indicated whether the two cases are connected. – Sapa-AP

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