MTN denies paying bribes to comfy Iranian cellphone licence

MTN has denied paying bribes to comfortable a profitable mobile phone license in Iran after it changed into initially given to Turkcell.

The Turkish enterprise has accused MTN of paying bribes to South African and Iranian officials to at ease the multibillion-greenback settlement.

Former South African ambassador to Iran Yusuf Saloojee appeared in the courtroom on Friday for allegedly taking a bribe in 2016 in reference to the deal.

MTN has continuously denied that there’s any proof that it gave Saloojee money. The agency says the allegations appear like based at the phrase of a single witness whose allegedly a disgruntled former employee of MTN.

The multinational cellular telecommunications business enterprise is an issue to an investigation by means of the Hawks over allegations of corruption concerning the awarding of the settlement to perform in Iran worth approximately $31 billion.

Turkcell has filed a lawsuit in opposition to MTN and is demanding $4.2 billion in damages.

Saloojee allegedly obtained kickbacks to assist facilitate the cancellation of the license – which turned into, to begin with offering to the Turkish operator – however then given to MTN.

The former ambassador is accused of pocketing R1.Four million for his position in the deal.

Saloojee is currently out of R4,000 bail and could be back in the courtroom in April.