MTN/Taliban/US lawsuit updates

ItWeb: US families oppose MTN motion in Afghan terrorism lawsuit

By Samuel Mungadze, Senior news, 10 Dec 2020

American families suing Africa’s biggest telco MTN have filed a fresh application opposing the mobile operator’s motion to dismiss the case.

The families argue the operator “purposefully availed” itself to the US by obtaining funding and insurance guarantees from US-based units of the World Bank.

In the court papers, the plaintiffs argue that for more than a decade, MTN has been integral to the Taliban’s terrorist campaign against Americans in Afghanistan.

The SA-headquartered mobile operator entered the Afghan market in 2006 in the midst of an escalating insurgency, and it soon grew to become the country’s dominant mobile phone provider.

The Americans argue it is this MTN expansion strategy that brought them misery because the mobile operator bought its way into dangerous areas of Afghanistan by paying the Taliban to protect it.

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Legal liabilities could amount to millions of dollars for the telecom group.


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