Turkcell first sued MTN in a U.S. court in 2012, alleging the
company used bribery and wrongful influence to win a lucrative
Iranian license that was originally awarded to Turkcell.
It dropped the suit a year later after U.S. Supreme Court ruling
in a separate case made clear that U.S. courts would not have
jurisdiction in a claim involving two foreign firms in an
A year later it filed in South Africa, where the case has been
stuck in procedural wrangling since.
"Turkcell's claim is opportunistic, an abuse of the process of
Court, baseless and without merit," MTN said in a statement
after filing a defense plea on Monday.
Turkcell was not immediately available to comment.
MTN obtained the license in Iran in 2005 and maintains that
Turkcell missed out because it would not comply with an Iranian
rule that caps the shareholding in the license at 49 percent.
Iran is MTN's third largest market out of the 22 countries the
company operates in.
MTN previously appointed a retired British judge to lead an
external investigation into Turkcell's allegations. That probe
dismissed the accusations as "a fabric of lies, distortions and
(Reporting by TJ Strydom, editing by Louise Heavens)
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