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 South African and Iranian officials to 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 about the deal.
MTN has continuously denied that there’s any proof that it gave Saloojee money. onwas The multinational cellular telecommunications business enterprise is an issue to an investigation employing the Hawks over allegations of corruption concerning the awarding of the settlement to perform in Iran worth approximately $31 billion. The agency says the allegations appear based on a single witness who allegedly was a disgruntled former employee of MTN.Turkcell has filed a lawsuit in opposition to MTN
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.