Foreign couple illegal investigation case to be heard in public

Foreign couple illegal investigation case to be heard in public
2014-07-18 XinhuaWeb Editor: Mo Hong’e

A foreign couple accused of illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens will be tried in public, Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court announced on Thursday.

The couple, Peter William Humphrey, 58, a British national, and his American wife Yu Ying Zeng, 61, were arrested last August. They had been hired by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) China’s Mark Reilly as private investigators in 2013.

It is the first indictment of foreigners for illegal investigation in China.

Prosecutors have found that the couple illegally trafficked a huge amount of personal information on Chinese citizens to seek profits via a company called ChinaWhys Co. Ltd., registered in 2004 in Shanghai.

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