MTN facing American lawsuit: Allegedly paying Taliban for protection

MTN facing American lawsuit: Allegedly paying Taliban for protection

- MTN is facing a lawsuit from the US over alleged ties to terror organisations

- An apex American court is pursuing legal action after the mobile operator reportedly made protection payments

- MTN is accused of deactivating its cellular networks in Afghanistan at nighttime because the Taliban requested it

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MTN is facing a controversial lawsuit from out of the United States over accusations it supported the Taliban in Afghanistan.

News24 reports that protection payments were allegedly made in exchange for deactivating the network in certain regions on request.

The complaint had been filed earlier this month on behalf of over 300 Americans, including the families of slain servicemen who served in the country.

In a statement sent out to shareholders following this development, MTN responded to the complaint:

"MTN is reviewing the details of the report and is consulting its advisers but remains of the view that it conducts its business in a responsible and compliant manner in all its territories and so intends to defend its position where necessary."

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The law firm who filed the complaint accused MTN (along with several other businesses) of "knowingly or recklessly supporting a terrorist campaign that attacked, killed, and wounded thousands of Americans in Afghanistan".

The mobile operator allegedly began this relationship with the Taliban back in 2006, with claims that it continues to this day.

For now, MTN has opted to give no further comment on what is set to be devastating blow at a sensitive time. reported that South African service providers had been given two months to reduce the cost of data.

While both MTN and Vodacom intend to challenge the Competition Commission's ruling on the matter, both had taken a knock as far as consumer confidence is concerned.

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