On this picture, found with this article, an Alouette II helicopter reportedly seen during Madagascar’s independance day, yesterday, June 26.
In 2009, the Belgian army sold 23 of those helicopters. As Madagascar was said to be the country of destination, the Ministry of Defense denied and opened the bid to the public. Eventually, the 23 helicopters were sold to a company based in Brussels, MAD Africa Distribution. This company, and its director David Verly, are known to have strong ties to Madagascar. A few month later, 4 Alouette II are seen in Madagascar and are used by the army against bandits.
MAD Africa Distribution didn’t have the proper regional export licence and federal arms dealer licence required to sell such material abroad. Even if “demilitarized”, the helicopters were sold to be used by an army, thus they fall under the Belgian law on arms export. Besides, MAD Africa Distribution didn’t respect the re-export terms of the End User Certificate they signed with the Belgian army. Despite all this, the Ministry of Defense kept on selling military equipments to the company. The latest being 4 Agusta helicopters, in March 2012.