Johannesburg - Mobile operator MTN Group
[JSE:MTN] asked a US court on Tuesday to dismiss a $4.2bn suit brought by rival
Turkcell after alleged underhand tactics to obtain an Iranian mobile licence.
MTN said the suit by Istanbul-based Turkcell had no legal
merit and that the US court did not have jurisdiction.
“MTN and MTN International both lack sufficient contact with
the United States to be subject to the jurisdiction of the US court,” it said
in a statement.
“MTN therefore remains confident that the claim will be
Africa's largest mobile operator said Turkcell was expected
to respond to its motion to dismiss on August 1 and it would then give a
response by August 15.
The court's decision was expected later this year, MTN said.
Turkcell says MTN bribed both South African and Iranian
officials and asked South Africa to provide weapons to Iran to acquire the
Turkey’s largest mobile operator initially won a bid for the
licence in 2004. Tehran later backed out of the deal and awarded the business
to MTN in 2005.