MTN Afghanistan, a child company to the global MTN, the largest telecommunication firm in South Africa has bribed Taliban, to safeguard their ‘transmission towers’ in Afghanistan, BBC reported.
Serious complaints have been filed against MTN for bribing Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorist groups in Afghanistan.
The allegations, made in a legal complaint filed in a US federal court on Friday, said the firm violated US anti-terrorism laws.
It was filed on behalf of families of US citizens killed in attacks in Afghanistan.
Five other companies were also named in the filing.
The complaint alleges MTN paid bribes to al-Qaida and the Taliban to avoid having to invest in in expensive security for their transmission towers.
The alleged payments helped finance a Taliban-led insurgency that led to the attacks in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017, the accusations say.
It is alleged that the money helped to provide “material support to known terrorist organisations,” thus violating the anti-terrorism legislation.
MTN says it is reviewing allegations that it paid protection money to militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan.
“It remains of the view that it conducts its business in a “responsible and compliant manner in all its territories”. MTN has said.
MTN is Africa’s largest mobile operator and the eighth largest in the world, with more than 240 million subscribers.