Briton arrested amid bribery inquiry

2013-07-21 13:32

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London - Chinese authorities have arrested a British contractor as part of an inquiry linked to allegations of bribery and corruption at drug maker GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's foreign office says.

Earlier this week Chinese police accused GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of bribing officials and doctors to boost sales and raise the price of its medicines in China.

They said GSK transferred up to nearly £321m to 700 travel agencies and consultancies over six years to facilitate the bribes.

"We are aware of the arrest of the British national in Shanghai in China on 10 July, a British Foreign Office spokesperson said.

"We're providing consular assistance to the family."

GSK chief executive Andrew Witty on Friday sent its head of emerging markets and two other executives to China to address the crisis and help Chinese authorities get to the bottom of allegations it has called "shameful" and which have shaken confidence in GSK's internal procedures.

China has already detained four senior Chinese executives and banned GSK's finance chief in China, Steve Nechelput, from leaving the country.
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