Updated on 18 July 2013
British finance director of GlaxoSmithKline China, Mr Steve Nechelput has been prohibited by the police from leaving the country even as investigations into the bribery scandal continue
Singapore: Even as police in China are investigating claims of bribery against the British drug major for bribing doctors with cash and sexual favors, the head of finance of the company in China has been banned from leaving the country.
A travel ban has been placed on Mr Steve Nechelput, GSK's finance chief who tried to fly out of the country three weeks back, but was told then that he had been banned from leaving.
GSK has said that Mr Nechelput, who worked for the company for 23 years has not been questioned. "He has not been questioned, arrested or detailed by the police and is free to continue working and travelling within China," the company said in a statement.
Further, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said that diplomats were aware of an incident involving Mr Nechelput and are providing consular assistance.
The Chinese police have raised concerns that Mr Mark Reilly, the head of GSK's Chinese operations left the country merely a few days after the bribery investigations were announced and has not returned yet.