People walk past an outlet of South Africa's MTN Group in downtown Cape Town, November 10, 2015. Reuters
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South African police arrested a former ambassador to Iran on corruption charges related to the award of a mobile-phone license to MTN Group Ltd. after it was initially given to Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri. The case has been the subject of legal claims for several years by the Turkish company, which accuses Johannesburg-based MTN of paying bribes to South African and Iranian officials to secure 49 percent of Irancell Telecommunication Co. Services in 2005, which gave it a license to operate in the country. MTN has always denied the charges.The case was later filed in South Africa in 2013, but was delayed following objections by MTN and subsequent amendments.
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