WASHINGTON May 1 Turkish telecom company
Turkcell dropped its multibillion-dollar U.S. lawsuit
against rival African mobile phone group MTN Group,
citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that hurt its case.
Turkey's largest cell phone operator filed a $4.2 billion
lawsuit in Washington last year alleging the Johannesburg-based
company used bribery to win a mobile license in Iran that was
first awarded to Turkcell.
But the court delayed the case in October pending a U.S.
Supreme Court decision on the Alien Tort Statute, the U.S. human
rights law on which Turkcell's suit is based.
In April, the high court limited the ability of foreign
plaintiffs to invoke the 200-year old law without a strong U.S.
connection to the conduct.
In a Wednesday filing, lawyers for Turkcell asked to dismiss
the case in light of the Supreme Court ruling.
(Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha; Editing by Carol Bishopric)