【英语中国】GSK私家侦探将在中国接受秘密审理 China to try GSK couple ‘in secret’

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2014-7-3 06:25

小艾摘要: The British investigator and his American wife and business partner detained in China because of their work forGlaxoSmithKline will be tried in secret as concerns grow about their health, according to ...
China to try GSK couple ‘in secret’
The British investigator and his American wife and business partner detained in China because of their work for

GlaxoSmithKline will be tried in secret as concerns grow about their health, according to people close to the family.

US consular officials were informed yesterday by Chinese authorities that they would not be able to attend the trial of Peter Humphrey, and his wife, Yu Yingzeng, “on grounds of privacy”, a family friend told the Financial Times. The trial, scheduled for July 29, has been delayed until August 7.

The couple ran a Shanghai-based investigative firm and were hired in April last year by GSK to look into who had placed a camera in the bedroom of Mark Reilly, the British pharmaceutical group’s top manager in China. A film of Mr Reilly in bed with his Chinese girlfriend was emailed to Andrew Witty, GSK’s chief executive, in March that year.

While trials in China are often closed for “national security”, closing one over concerns over privacy is extremely rare.

Mr Humphrey and Ms Yu were also looking into the source of emails sent to Chinese regulators in 2012, alleging that corrupt practices were rife at GSK’s China operations.

Mr Reilly, who left China when they were arrested and then returned to Shanghai to aid in an investigation by local authorities, was this May one of 46 employees identified by the Chinese police as a suspect implicated in “massive and systemic bribery”.

The couple will face one charge of illegally purchasing private information. Another charge, of running an illicit business, has been dropped.

Chinese officials also indicated that the couple’s teenage son, who has not seen his parents since their detention a year ago, will be barred from the court proceedings.

“I am very worried that family and consular officials are not allowed to attend my parents’ trial. This does not involve state secrets. This does not involve national security,” Harvey Humphrey said in a statement.

Mr Humphrey was one of the most experienced investigators in China. He and Ms Yu founded their company, ChinaWhys, in 2003.

According to two people close to the family, Mr Humphrey is suffering from a hernia and has difficulty walking and standing. Ms Yu, a China-born US citizen, has kidney problems.

GSK did not confirm it had employed them until this week. Friends of the couple have expressed concern that GSK did not fully brief them of the gravity of the corruption allegations it faced. The most detailed were outlined in two emails sent to GSK directors in early 2013. GSK declined to comment.

According to the family friend, Ms Yu told US consular officials: “We got caught up in a war unintentionally, but I have no grudges.”

知情人士称,英国私家侦探韩飞龙(Peter Humphrey)及其美籍华裔妻子兼业务伙伴虞英曾将受到秘密审理。他们二人是因替葛兰素史克(GlaxoSmithKline,简称GSK)在中国展开调查而被中国警方拘留的。目前,夫妇俩的健康状况都令人担忧。

这对夫妇的一位友人告诉英国《金融时报》,中国有关部门昨日告知美国领事官员,“基于隐私理由”,他们将无法旁听韩飞龙和虞英曾的庭审。原定于7月29日展开的庭审已被推迟至8月7日。

这对夫妇曾在上海运营一家调查公司,他们去年4月被GSK聘用,调查到底是谁在这家英国制药集团中国区主管马克锐(Mark Reilly)的卧室里安装了一个摄像头。去年3月,马克锐和其中国女友在床上的一段视频通过电子邮件被发送给GSK首席执行官安伟杰(Andrew Witty)。

中国的审判往往以“国家安全”为由闭门进行,以隐私担忧为由进行不公开审判是极其罕见的。

韩飞龙和虞英曾被捕之前也在调查2012年发给中国监管机构的一些电子邮件的来源。这些邮件称,GSK中国存在猖獗的腐败行为。

马克锐在这对夫妇被捕之前已离开中国,但后来返回上海协助当地有关部门的调查。中国警方今年5月向检察机关移送“大规模系统性行贿”的证据时,他是警方列出的46名有犯罪嫌疑的雇员之一。

这对夫妇将面对一项非法购买个人信息的刑事指控。另一项指控(经营非法业务)已被撤销。

中国官员还表示,这对夫妇十几岁的儿子、自父母一年前被拘以来一直未能见到他们的哈维?汉弗莱(Harvey Humphrey),将不能出席庭审。

“家人和领事官员未能获准旁听我父母的审判,我对此感到很担心。这件事不涉及国家机密。这件事不涉及国家安全,”哈维?汉弗莱在一份声明中表示。

在中国,韩飞龙是最有经验的私家侦探之一。他和虞英曾在2003年创办了他们的公司中慧(ChinaWhys)。

接近这家人的两名知情人士称,韩飞龙目前患有疝气,连行走和站立都有困难。出生于中国的美国公民虞英曾则有肾脏问题。

GSK直到本周才证实聘请了他们。这对夫妇的一些友人担心,GSK当时没有向他们全面透露公司所面对的腐败指控的严重性。2013年初发给GSK董事的两封电子邮件最为详尽地列出了这些指控。GSK拒绝置评。

这家人的友人称,虞英曾对美国领事官员表示:“我们在无意中被卷入了一场战争,但我没有怨言。”

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