BELGIUM'S AGUSTA Helicopter corruption scandal continues to take its toll. Foreign minister Frank Vandenbroeck resigned on 22 March, admitting that he had known of illegal funds when he was party president in 1989. He says that he ordered party treasurer Etienne Mang, to burn the BFr5 million ($175,000) paid by the Italian Company to secure a Belgian army order for A.109s, but Mang declined.

So far, the scandal has resulted in the resignation of two ministers, the murder of a former minister and the alleged suicide of a retired Commander in Chief of the Air Force.

Source: Flight International