Monday, November 12, 2012

In Case You Missed It: "MTN 'Panicking' Over US Treasury Sanctions"

In Case You Missed It: "MTN 'Panicking' Over US Treasury Sanctions"
UANI Quote: "MTN Stands Out as One of the Single Most Irresponsible Businesses in the World and Should be Ashamed of the Depths It has Gone to in Pursuit of Profit"

MTN 'Panicking' over US Treasury sanctions

By Mandy Rossouw and Thandeka Gqubule
November 11, 2012

Sanctions announced this week by the US Treasury against Iranian individuals and companies have led to panic at mobile operator MTN.

The three executive orders released on Friday target 17 individuals believed to be related to human rights abuses by the Iranian government, as well as to supporting terrorism and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

According to sources, the mobile operator is concerned sanctions will cause a hardening of attitudes in the US against the company. ...

In his deposition, former MTN executive Chris Kilowan told a US court MTN installed software to intercept data and calls by mobile phone users for the Iranian government. "We had to get a certificate from the intelligence to certify the lawful intercept (sic) system has been installed, been tested and that they're happy with it," he said.

Nathan Carleton, communications director for Washington-based lobby group United Against Nuclear Iran, told City Press: "MTN stands out as one of the single most irresponsible businesses in the world and should be ashamed of the depths it has gone to in pursuit of profit ... We hope South African legislators will hold MTN accountable for its systematic human rights violations, corruption and illegalities." ...

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