|Shanghai health official arrested for crime
A Shanghai health official has been arrested on suspicion of crime, local authorities said. State media linked his downfall to the bribery scandal surrounding British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.
Huang Fengping, who was suspended earlier this month as deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission for Health and Family Planning, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly committing a crime, the Shanghai Municipal People's Prosecution Service said in a one-sentence statement.
State media reported that Huang allegedly accepted bribes in his earlier positions at local hospitals and might be involved in the GlaxoSmithKline commercial bribery case.
“Huang Fengping has close relatives working at GlaxoSmithKline and some family members have migrated to Canada,'' an unnamed source told the 21st Century Business Herald newspaper earlier this month.
Authorities said in July that GSK staff had bribed government officials, pharmaceutical industry groups, hospitals and doctors to help sales of their products and increase prices for drugs.
State media quoted a public security bureau official as saying that GSK had transferred 3 billion yuan to more than 700 travel agencies and consultancy firms since 2007.
Police have detained four top GSK executives as well as a British man, Peter Humphrey, whose company has worked for GSK.
GSK says it is concerned about allegations of misconduct and is co-operating with the investigation.—AFP