JOHANNESBURG, June 5 (Reuters) - South Africa's elite Hawks
police unit has opened an investigation into allegations of
corruption at mobile phone giant MTN relating to its
purchase of a cellular license in Iran, a police spokesman said
The police probe follows a $4.2 billion U.S. civil claim
filed in March by Turkish operator Turkcell accusing
's largest mobile firm of bribing Iranian officials with
cash and promises of weapons to secure the license, which was
originally awarded to Turkcell.
"There are allegations of corruption. That's exactly what
we're investigating," Hawks spokesman MacIntosh Polela said.
executives were also accused in the U.S. court
promising to get Pretoria
to vote favorably about Tehran
nuclear program at international forums trying to curb Iran's
suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons.