Families of US service personnel seek damages from MTN and others

A long drawn-out process of litigation will begin in the United States following a report claiming that MTN violated the US Anti-Terrorism Act by supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

A complaint was filed claiming that several western businesses were involved.

The defendants named in the complaint are six different groups, one of which is MTN and some of its subsidiary companies, including MTN Afghanistan.

_Business Day _financial journalist Warren Thompson says according to the papers, the Taliban approached a number of companies operating in Afghanistan and coerced them into paying "protection money".

Essentially the nub of this case is that they are saying that by paying the Taliban protection money as they claim MTN did, that money was used to finance terrorist activities that led to the deaths of US citizens and that very simply is why they are seeking damages against MTN and those five other companies.

Warren Thompson, Financial journalist - Business Day

Thompsan says there are well over a hundred US citizens named along with their families and are seeking damages.

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