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Briton facing Glaxo inquiries trial

A British investigator and his American wife who worked for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline are to stand trial in China on charges of illegally obtaining information on Chinese citizens, court officials said today.

The Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People's Court said that Peter Humphrey and Yingzeng Yu will face a "public trial" on August 8.

Authorities originally told British and US diplomats that they would be barred from the trial because it involved secret information, but later reversed that decision.

Mr Humphrey and Ms Yu were detained last year and accused of improperly obtaining information such as the home addresses of Chinese citizens for reports sold to corporate clients.

The couple worked for Glaxo, which faces an investigation into allegations that it bribed doctors to use its medicines. Authorities have given no indication whether the two cases are connected.

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