Updated on 18 August 2014
A Reuters image showing the ChinaWhys couple leaving the Shanghai court after being sentenced to jail term
Singapore: British corporate investigator Mr Peter Humphrey and his American wife Ms Yu Yingzeng have decided to accept the jail sentence handed out to them by a Shanghai court in China, their lawyer declared.
Accepting China's jail term, the investigators linked to large British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline have told their lawyers that they accept the two-and-a-half and two year jail term respectively.
"All the lawyers have met with the couple and they said they don't want to appeal," Mr Humphrey's defending lawyer Mr Zhai Jian said in a media statement.
Mr Humphrey was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail in the first week of August while Ms Yu was sentenced to two years in jail. The ChinaWhys couple were charged with illegally obtaining private records of Chinese citizens and selling the information. The couple were said to have been brought in by GSK to investigate the origin of an internally circulated sex tape involving China GSK's former head Mr Mark Reilly.
After the GlaxoSmithKline corruption, bribery and sexual favors scandal broke out last year, the corporate investigators from ChinaWhys too were detained following their involvement. Their involvement in the scandal is the center of a different government corruption investigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars, a report added.