“Harvey Humphrey accused the multinational of “misleading” his parents and claimed the company had “gone into full survival mode”, which he said included denying any connection with his parents.
He told Sky News: “This whole thing stems from GSK’s misleading of my parents and I think in that process they trod on several powerful toes, if I may put it that way.”
Last year, GSK were found guilty in China of creating a massive bribery network, they were fined a couple of hundred million, and it seems that the scandal more or less disappeared from the mainstream media. Two questions I would like to ask about this case are (1) Were Peter Humphrey and his wife the scapegoats for the whole scandal? and (2) When Mark Reilly (described as the ‘criminal godfather’ of the bribery network) was deported with a suspended sentence, did he continue working for GSK?
Personally, I think that GSK hung Harvey, and his wife Yu Yinzeng, out to dry. Someone needed to go down, China needed people to jail for this, but it was never going to be Mark Reilly was it? Some people are too big to fall…
If anyone has any information on this contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Furthermore, Harvey- if you’re reading this- contact me if you wish..
But, he said, it is not the Chinese system which is to blame for what happened. “I do not feel different at all about China. I would not blame this on China. The cause is not the Chinese, it is GSK,” he said, in an interview on the eve of the trial.
Harvey with his parents Peter Humphrey and Yu Yingzeng, who will face trial in a Shanghai court on Friday For years, he had been aware that his parents, seasoned corporate investigators, had been operating in a grey area to collect their research. “I always knew this (their arrest) was possible,” he said. “I know ChinaWhys (their business) did work that other investigation companies would not do. They were very detailed in their work.” GSK hired Mr Humphrey and his wife in March 2013 for “Project Scorpion”, an investigation into 49-year-old Vivian Shi, a former employee that it suspected of a smear campaign against its China boss, Mark Reilly. Ms Shi, whose father was a high-ranking government official at Shanghai’s Health bureau, had been fired the previous December for allegedly falsifying her travel expenses. But GSK suspected she was also to blame for 23 anonymous emails to various Chinese government offices alleging that bribery was rife in the company and endorsed by the senior management. GSK turned to Mr Humphrey and his wife after one particular email, to the company’s main board in London, featured a professionally edited sex tape of Mr Reilly and his Chinese girlfriend, Wu Wan, a secretary at CCT, a travel agency used by GSK. Mr Reilly suspected that someone had slipped into his apartment, in a guarded compound in central Shanghai, and installed the secret camera while he was on a business trip. By the time the sex tape had been emailed to London, the camera was gone. But GSK allegedly denied to Mr Humphrey and his wife that any of the allegations of bribery in the whistleblower’s emails were true. “They said the allegations were untrue,” said Harvey. “Then two weeks later they said actually these things did happen. My father would have changed the conditions of the investigation if he had known. He would have investigated the allegations instead of this one person. I do not think as an investigator you would have taken the risk of investigating a whistleblower before you investigated the allegations.” GSK has insisted that an initial investigation into the claims “did not find evidence to substantiate the specific allegations made in the whistleblower emails”. “When I saw my dad last Friday, I mentioned GSK once. I mentioned Reilly to him once. He expressed a very low opinion of Reilly.” Mr Humphrey and his wife began piecing together Ms Shi’s network, speaking to her former colleagues, and using their contacts to find out about her government and police connections. In their agreement with GSK, they showed they were aware of the potential risk and stated that they intended to stay within the bounds of Chinese law. “Please note that this is a period of serious political tension, with a tightening of control over information flow,” they wrote. “We have seen sudden regulatory restrictions on the availability of certain documentary data in recent months. We would make our best efforts to complete the assignment by gathering all available information through legal means”. But shortly after their initial report was finished in June and handed to GSK, the couple were arrested. At the time, Harvey was in Hong Kong, doing a summer job after finishing school. “On July 10, I realised they were not answering their phones. They have two phones each and three were off and one of my dad’s was ringing out,” he said. “It was a Friday and then I had a tense weekend. I changed locations. I did not want the Chinese to know where I was. I phoned our ayi (housekeeper) in Beijing and she was very panicky. She said the police were looking for me too and she was extremely scared.” Within a few days, consular officials had located Harvey’s parents in detention. Despite some concerns that he might also be the target of the police, Harvey said he remained calm. “I did not know how long it would take. I thought they would be out in two months. So I was not that worried. I just had to wait.” A year later, he is now hoping for leniency in court. “I think they are going for a humane approach, a change of tack, which is a very good sign. I think for the Chinese they see it is in the interests of both sides that my parents are let go.”
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/19/glaxosmithkline-china-mark-reilly-deported-uk-guilty-bribery-hunan GlaxoSmithKline ex-boss to be deported back to UK from China Mark Reilly given three-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to bribery during one-day trial in Hunan Province GlaxoSmithKline logo on Shanghai office building GlaxoSmithKline logo on Shanghai office building. Former China boss Mark Reilly pleaded guilty to bribery following a one-day trial. Photograph: Aly Song/REUTERS Rupert Neate and Nick Fletcher Friday 19 September 2014 13.49 BST Last modified on Friday 19 September 2014 13.51 BST Shares 570 The British former boss of GlaxoSmithKline in China will be deported back to the UK after pleading guilty to bribery-related charges and being handed a three-year suspended prison sentence. Mark Reilly had been barred from leaving China for the past year and accused of overseeing a “criminal godfather” scheme to bribe doctors with £300m worth of cash and sex to prescribe GSK drugs. On Friday Reilly was given a three-year jail term suspended for four years, following a one-day trial behind closed doors in Changsha, in southern China’s Hunan Province. But it is unclear whether Reilly, who remains a GSK employee, will have to serve out the four-year period in China before he is sent back to Britain. GSK said it was urgently trying to clarify the sentence and ensure his immediate return to the UK. A Chinese government source was quoted as saying Reilly “will be deported so he won’t be in detention in China”. Four other senior Chinese GSK executives were also handed suspended sentences of between two and four years. The company was fined £300m after the court found that Britain’s biggest drugs company had “offered money or property to non-government personnel in order to obtain improper commercial gains”. After the verdict GSK issued an “apology to the people of China” and said it had “reflected deeply and learned from its mistakes”. “GSK sincerely apologises to the Chinese patients, doctors and hospitals, and to the Chinese Government and the Chinese people. GSK deeply regrets the damage caused. GSK also apologises for the harm caused to individuals who were illegally investigated by GSK China Investment company,” it said. Advertisement Andrew Witty, GSK’s chief executive, said: “Reaching a conclusion in the investigation of our Chinese business is important, but this has been a deeply disappointing matter for GSK. We have and will continue to learn from this. GSK has been in China for close to a hundred years and we remain fully committed to the country and its people. “We will continue to expand access to innovative medicines and vaccines to improve their health and well-being. We will also continue to invest directly in the country to support the government’s health care reform agenda and long-term plans for economic growth.” Witty took a £245,000 cut to his bonus for last year specifically related to the corruption scandal, but that was in the context of a total pay and shares package of £6.5m, of which the bonus made up £1.9m. GSK could face further fines from the UK’s serious fraud office and US department of justice, which are both investigating bribery allegations that also stretch to Poland, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The company said it had fundamentally changed the incentive programme for its sales force, and increased the monitoring of invoicing and payments. When the Chinese authorities began their investigation into the claims last year Gao Feng, the head of China’s fraud unit, said: “We found that bribery is a core part of the activities of the company. To boost their share prices and sales, the company performed illegal actions.” GSK was alleged to have used a network of more than 700 middlemen and travel agencies to bribe doctors and lawyers with cash and even sexual favours. “There is always a big boss in criminal organisations, and in this case GSK is the big boss. In order to win the favour of GSK, some travel agencies don’t just offer money to their executives but also sexual bribes,” Gao said. The scandal erupted into the public domain after a covertly filmed sex video of Reilly with his Chinese girlfriend was emailed to Witty and other GSK board members in an apparent blackmail attempt. Accompanying the footage were detailed allegations of sales and marketing practices described as “pervasive corruption” by someone calling themselves “GSK whistleblower”. When the sex video surfaced, GSK hired a British corporate investigator, Peter Humphrey, to find out who broke into Reilly’s apartment. In July last year Humphrey and his wife and business partner, American citizen Yu Yingzeng, were arrested by Chinese police over charges that they had illegally bought and sold personal data of Chinese citizens.