China fines GSK $492 million for bribery - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

China fines GSK $492 million for bribery

BEIJING (AP) -

A former executive of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and four Chinese co-defendants have been sentenced to prison in a bribery case but may never have to serve that time.

 China's official Xinhua News Agency said Briton Mark Reilly and his Chinese co-defendants were given a three-year reprieve at their sentencing Friday.

It said the court granted leniency because they confessed.

The court fined GSK 3 billion yuan ($492 million) for bribing doctors and hospitals to use its products.

In other cases, Chinese convicts have been spared prison if they are deemed to have reformed during their reprieve.

Xinhua said Reilly also was sentenced to be deported, which might mean he is sent out of China before he would have to serve prison time.

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