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MTN Group, ZTE accused in US suit of aiding Iraq terror

‘MTN is reviewing the details of the complaint and is consulting its advisers,’ the company said.
Image: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Africa’s largest wireless carrier MTN Group and Chinese technology company ZTE Corp. were accused in a US lawsuit of indirectly supporting an Iranian terrorist campaign that resulted in Americans being injured and killed in Iraq.

In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York, more than 50 Americans claim MTN and ZTE did business with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, even though they knew the transactions would help finance, arm and support the Iranian group’s terror campaign in neighbouring Iraq. As a result, thousands of Americans were injured or killed between 2011 and 2016, according to the suit.

“MTN is reviewing the details of the complaint and is consulting its advisers,” the Johannesburg-based company said in an emailed statement. “It conducts its business in a responsible and compliant manner in all its territories and so intends to defend its position where necessary.”

ZTE spokeswoman Margaret Ma didn’t immediately respond to an email sent after hours in China.

MTN faces a similar complaint filed in 2019 by more than 150 Americans, who claim the company paid Taliban officials not to attack its mobile phone towers in Afghanistan. The South African company has done business in parts of the world other carriers consider too risky, including Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. It has said it will sell its Middle East operations over the medium-to-long term.

Iran’s decision to grant a license to MTN in 2005 has been the subject of several legal claims by Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS, which was initially awarded the contract, though none have yet succeeded and MTN denies wrongdoing.

The case is Stephanie Zobay v. MTN Group, 21-cv-3503, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn)

Read: MTN pushes for Iran growth in face of virus, sanctions

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It just doesnt stop with MTN. Where there is sleaze MTNs name pops up. Iran, Nigeria etc. There business strategy is go where nobody else wants to go….and the result the share price is at 2007 levels-yes 14 years of no growth in value!!

A true rubbish company

Where ever they go they leave a slime trail……..must be the culture of the company.

Awful company to do business with. Really good advert for the worst people in SA.

MTN….you terrorist buggers! *lol* 😉

For the US, it works like this: they’ll say the current CEO (Ralph Mapita) is African, so he must’ve had automatic ties with the ANC. Most of MTN’s senior management is non-white. The ANC has ties with the regimes of Fidel Casto, Muammar Gaddafi, is supported by the SA COMMUNIST Party, leaders apply Soviet-style ideologies.
…hence there’s ‘proven’ links to terrorist groups.

In fact, many SA companies have ‘terrorist’ links to the ANC, simply by the AA/BEE schemes they employ 😉

ZTE, like Huawei, is a competitor to US industries. And the USA is not willing to led go of their sphere of economic hegemony / their current technology advantage, etc.

Regards from a terrorist in North West

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