June 1, 2017 / 11:25 AM / in 5 months

South Africa's MTN says Turkcell lawsuit has no legal merit

JOHANNESBURG, June 1 (Reuters) - South Africa’s MTN Group said on Thursday a $4.2 billion lawsuit filed by Turkcell over a disputed Iranian mobile phone licence had no legal merit.

Turkey’s Turkcell said its claim would be heard in a South African court.

It first sued MTN in a U.S. court in 2012, alleging the company used bribery and wrongful influence to win a lucrative Iranian licence that was originally awarded to Turkcell. (Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; editing by Jason Neely)

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