Sunday, December 30, 2007
Belgian Mirage Deal Under Investigation
Three children of a former Chilean air force commander got $700,000 in commissions tied to the 1994 purchase of Mirage warplanes, investigators in Chile and Belgium have found. Three air force officers also got funds that weren't disclosed, lanacion.cl reported. The acquisition of 25 used Mirage 5 fighters cost $109 million, of which $15 million went for commissions to a French-Belgian company. The firm arranged the deal and distributed funds to others, eventually the offspring of retired Gen. Ramon Vega Hidalgo.