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Chinese police charge former GSK China head with bribery

Published on May 14, 2014 1:18 PM
 
Chinese police on Wednesday said they had charged the British former China head of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and other colleagues with corruption, after a 10-month probe found they paid billions of yuan in bribes to doctors and hospitals. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Chinese police on Wednesday said they had charged the British former China head of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and other colleagues with corruption, after a 10-month probe found they paid billions of yuan in bribes to doctors and hospitals.

Mark Reilly and two Chinese executives, Zhang Guowei and Zhao Hongyan, were als suspected of bribing officials in the industry and commerce departments of Beijing and Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency reported, quoting police in Hunan province. It is the biggest corruption scandal to hit a foreign company in China since the Rio Tinto affair in 2009, which resulted in four executives including an Australian being jailed for between seven and 14 years each.

"(GSK) departments offered bribes to hospitals and doctors as well as personnel to boost their sales. The money involved was in the billions of yuan (hundreds of millions of dollars)," a Ministry of Public Security official told a press conference in Beijing.

A China-based GSK spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

 
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