Not only did MTN knowingly fund the Taliban in Afghanistan, but they also did so partly with American money.
This is another of the shock allegations made in court papers recently filed by army members at the Washington DC, United States District Court.
The defendants, which include relatives of soldiers who died in the ongoing war in Afghanistan, are claiming an undisclosed amount in damages from MTN and its affiliates.
It is alleged that MTN and at least seven other international companies paid bribes to the Taliban in exchange for several years.
According to the charge sheet, MTN paid up to $2,000 (R28028,88) per tower per month to the Taliban to ensure the terrorist group does not inflate it.
MTN said they are still investigating the complaint against him, but said they have always done business in a “responsible and compliant manner” in all its territories.
Apart from the fact that MTN apparently kept a terrorist organization in check with bribes, the service provider also allegedly used United States contacts and financing to effect it.
MTN Afghanistan, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the MTN Group listed on the Johannesburg stock market, received $ 75 million in June 2009 from an American investment arm of the World Bank to help finance its operations in Afghanistan.
The complainants further claim that MTN not only agreed to pay bribes to the Taliban. The company went out of its way to comply with the group’s requirements.
The start of this incident was first reported in 2010 by the Wall Street Jornal