The GSK Chinese Bribery Scandal moved into a new phase yesterday with prime minister David Cameron bizarrely weighing into the discourse with his glowing character appraisal of the good character of GSK. GSK are currently embroiled in a massive bribery scandal in China- one of the biggest corruption scandals to happen in China for years.
His son recently made a plea of help to GSK’s CEO Andrew Witty (who is currently on a UK trade mission to China with David Cameron) but according to GSK :
“Peter Humphrey is not a GSK employee and we understand his arrest and investigation is being treated as a separate matter by the Chinese authorities. Therefore we can’t comment further.”
I have to say, it looks like GSK’s China-gate is going to be even more intriguing than their last foray into Constant Gardener territory with their US corruption adventure which cost them to the tune of 3 Billion.
Will be interesting to see how this new GSK saga unfolds…
Son of jailed China investigator appeals to Cameron for help
The son of Peter Humphrey, a British investigator who has spent nearly five months behind bars in Shanghai, has called on the Prime Minister to “do everything he can” to help his father during a three-day visit to China this weekPhoto: China Central TV
The son of a British investigator who has been in Chinese police custody for nearly five months has called on David Cameron to raise his father’s case with China’s top leaders during his three-day tour that starts on Monday.
Peter Humphrey, 57, and Yu Yingzeng, his 60-year-old American wife, were detained by Shanghai police on July 10.
In late August the couple was formally accused of involvement in “operating illegal research companies and trafficking personal information”. They were paraded on Chinese state television wearing orange prison uniforms and Mr Humphrey made what was purportedly a confession.
“We sometimes in the past used illegal means to acquire personal information,” he said, in Chinese. “I’m very remorseful about this and wish to apologise to the Chinese government.”
It is thought that Mr Humphrey, a former journalist who first came to China in the late 1970s, and his Chinese-born wife are currently being held at a detention centre in eastern Shanghai.
Speaking on the eve of Mr Cameron’s trade mission to China, their son, Harvey said: “I hope the prime minister will do everything he can to resolve my parents’ case.”
“I haven’t seen them for five months. The Foreign Office have kept me in touch and I hear they are well treated. But it is very worrying,” the 18-year-old British student told The Sunday Times.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive in Beijing early on Monday morning and is expected to hold separate meetings with Xi Jinping, China’s president, and Li Keqiang, its premier. He is also expected to visit Shanghai where he is likely to meet senior local politicians.
Until disappearing in July, Mr Humphrey ran ChinaWhys, a risk management consultancy that specialised in helping foreign firms safety navigate China’s notoriously complicated and corrupt business environment.
ChinaWhy’s website, which remains active despite Mr Humphrey’s incarceration, says it “offers discreet risk mitigation solutions, consulting and commercial investigation services to corporate clients in important and sensitive matters across the Greater China region and beyond.”
Among its successes, the business lists “neutralizing a counterfeit-and-fraud syndicate that hijacked the business of a global consumer goods manufacturer, eliminating fraud from the buying operation of a leading megastore chain… and orchestrating the recovery of a kidnapped child in China.”
Mr Humphrey’s clients also included GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the British pharmaceuticals giant that found its China’s operations at the centre of a major corruption probe in July.
GSK’s CEO Sir Andrew Witty, is expected to travel to China with Mr Cameron on Sunday as part of a 120-member trade delegation but it is not clear if either man plans to raise Mr Humphrey’s case with Chinese authorities.
Calls to the British embassy in Beijing went unanswered on Sunday.
The embassy has previously expressed concern that Mr Humphrey had been “publicly interviewed about the details of his case, which is currently under investigation and has yet to come to trial.”
However, observers question Mr Cameron’s willingness to jeapordise economic ties with China by raising thorny issues such as human rights or Mr Humphrey’s controversial arrest.