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MTN To Defend Itself Against Terror Charges In Court

The plaintiffs argue that MTN and its subsidiary, MTN Dubai, violated the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. However, MTN firmly denies these allegations and is committed to defending its position in court.

MTN, one of Africa’s largest multinational corporations, will be facing a legal battle as it fights against allegations of sponsoring terrorist attacks in Iran and Afghanistan.

The accusations claim that MTN, along with other international telecoms companies, knowingly or unknowingly aided terrorist activities between 2011 and 2016. The plaintiffs, a group of US citizens directly affected by these attacks, are seeking compensation.

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According to City Press, MTN and its accusers have agreed on the timelines for the case’s hearing. MTN has committed to providing the plaintiffs’ legal representation with relevant information for litigation.

Initial disclosures will take place on 29 February next year, followed by initial discovery requests on 15 March 2024.

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MTN has stated that it is represented by well-renowned international law firms. The telecoms giant is determined to defend its position against the allegations, emphasizing that it conducts its business in a responsible and compliant manner across all its territories.

The lawsuit, filed on 22 June 2021, asserts that MTN and Chinese technology company ZTE conducted business with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), despite knowing that these transactions would contribute to the financing, arming, and support of terrorist campaigns.

Additionally, they are accused of supporting the Taliban’s activities against US citizens in Afghanistan.

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The plaintiffs argue that MTN and its subsidiary, MTN Dubai, violated the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. However, MTN firmly denies these allegations and is committed to defending its position in court.

In other news, MTN has announced its plans to exit Afghanistan by the end of the year as part of its five-year strategy to streamline its business.

The company has already received a binding offer for the sale of MTN Afghanistan for approximately $25 million in June 2022. Once the exit from Afghanistan is finalized, MTN’s only remaining business in the region will be in Iran.

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Furthermore, MTN is considering the potential exit from three West African markets, including MTN Guinea-Bissau, MTN Guinea-Conakry, and MTN Liberia. These actions are part of the company’s efforts to focus on its core operations and optimize its business portfolio.

While MTN faces legal challenges and strategic changes, it remains committed to conducting its business responsibly and compliantly. The outcome of the court case will determine the future course of action for both MTN and the plaintiffs, as the truth behind the allegations is sought.

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Florence Sibiya for SurgeZirc SA
Florence Sibiya for SurgeZirc SA
Florence Sibiya is a highly dedicated and talented reporter for SurgeZirc SA Business News. With her passion for business and her commitment to delivering accurate and reliable news, she has become an invaluable asset to the team.
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