AfricaCom 2019 to feature new AfricaTech Centre Stage

Tech takes
centre stage

New feature at
AfricaCom 2019.

Sunday, Sep 22nd

Fresh twist in MTN, Turkcell dispute

Fresh twist in MTN, Turkcell dispute

Representatives from South Africa's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, popularly known as the Hawks, raided the offices of MTN last week Friday, the telco confirmed in a statement today.

The raid had to do with the long-running dispute between Istanbul-based Turkcell which is claiming damages against MTN as a result of MTN having acquired a 49% interest in Irancell in 2005. The Turkish company says MTN engaged in illicit activity to obtain a GSM licence in Iran.

MTN continues to defend itself and says it is "cooperating fully" with this investigation.

In a statement, the telco says the Hawks: "Visited both MTN and MTN's external legal counsel to obtain documents relating to aspects of the Turkcell litigation pursuant to MTN's original self-reporting of this matter and the Turkcell complaint."

The statement went on to say: "MTN remains of the view that Turkcell's claim is opportunistic, an abuse of the process of court, baseless and without merit.

"When the allegations made by Turkcell were first raised, MTN appointed an Independent Special Committee under the Chairmanship of the eminent international jurist, Lord Leonard Hoffmann, to investigate the allegations. Lord Hoffmann embarked upon a thorough and exhaustive analysis of the investigations. He found that Turkcell's allegations, which rested entirely upon the evidence of one Mr Christian Kilowan, were all 'a fabric of lies, distortions and inventions'; and that Mr Kilowan was shown to be 'a fantasist and a conspiracy theorist'.

"Lord Hoffmann was also very clear in finding that he was entirely satisfied that there was no conspiracy between MTN and Iranian officials to remove Turkcell from the licence process in Iran, that there were no promises made to procure the South African government to supply defence equipment to Iran or to support Iran's nuclear policy, nor that MTN had advanced sham loans to its Iranian partners, nor indeed that any promises of payment to Iranian or South African officials were made or authorised by Mr Nhleko or Ms Charnley."

This is the fifth time that Turkcell has attempted to pursue legal proceedings against MTN for the same issue. All previous attempts have failed.

MTN says: "The ongoing attempt to re-litigate complaints that Turkcell have repeatedly litigated without success are contrary to the interests of justice.

"To the extent that Turkcell may contend that any new issues have been raised in their summons, these issues were considered and disposed of in the Hoffmann Report. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations have been provided with a full copy of the Hoffman report together with the detailed annexures."

ALSO ON ITWEB AFRICA

Westcon-Comstor expands international footprint into India Published on 20 September 2019

Westcon-Comstor, has announced it has expanded its Global Deployment Solutions (GDS) capability into India.

Zambia's Edgar Lungu moves to stem anti-South African tide Published on 10 September 2019

President lambasts students that attacked SA firms and has requested intervention by SADC, AU for what he described a 'worsening situation' in South Africa.

ICASA slaps MTN with R5m fine over WhatsApp bundle hike Published on 09 September 2019

The regulator issues a R5 million fine to MTN for contravening Regulation 9 of the Standard Terms and Conditions, with R2 million suspended for three years.