South African telecommunication, MTN alledged for paying bribes to an insurgency groups in Afghanistan

More than 2,400 US servicemen has been killed in Afghanistan since the military operation began in 2001, MTN mobile operator says it is reviewing allegations of paying protection money to Islamist militant group in Afghanistan

The allegations was made in a legal complaint filled in the US Federal court on 20th of December,saying the MTN firm violated US terrorism laws

The allegations was filled on behalf of the victims families of US citizens attacked in Afghanistan Five other companies were also named in the filling.

The MTN has been alledged to pay bribes to Al-Qaida and the Taliban to avoid having to invest in their transmission powers

The allegations says the payments helped finance a Taliban-led insurgency that led to the attacks in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017

The complaint says the money helped in providing material support to known terrorist organizations,” this violating anti- terrorism legislation

The telecommunication firm says it remains of the view that it conducts it’s business transaction in a responsible and complaint manners in all its territory

The south African telecommunication firm is the Eight largest operators in the world,with more than 240 million subscribers

The firm was fined with more than $5 billion($3.8 billion) by the Nigerian authorities for failing to cut off unregistered sim cards – a figure that was reduced to $1.7 billion after a long legal dispute and the intervention of South Africa’s then President Jacob Zuma in 2015

A former South African Ambassador to Iran was arrested in the Capital, Pretoria,on charges that he took a bribe to help MTN win and $31.6 billion ($24bn) license to operate in Iran in February

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