November 2008, the Belgian arms producer FN Herstal, owned by the Walloon government, has already signed a contract in May with Gaddafi’s Libya and is waiting for the export licenses the government has to issue.
In the meantime, representatives of the company are in Tripoli, on the occasion of the LibDex 2008, to present their products. Those products would, eventually, be found by a reported in the hands of the fighters who captured them from the soldiers of the 32nd “Khamis” Brigade during the 2011 conflict. For more information about this, click here.
On this photo, the third man from the left (blue suit, not hat, white hair) is Abu-Bakr Yunis, who was the Libyan Minister of Defense under Gaddafi. He was reportedly killed during the battle of Sirte, in October 2011. The first man from the left is Reefi Shreef, head of the Gaddafi Air and Air Defense Forces, said a Libyan activist who added that the man in brown suit, with glasses, facing the camera is the general manager of Waha Expo, where the LixDex 2008 was organized.
Who are the Belgian representatives? One of them is probably this “Mr. Michel” quoted in 2008 by the Tripoli Post:
We supply Pistols, over assault riffles, light and medium machine guns and several kinds of weapons for ant-rioting. We worked closely with Libyan defense force since seventies, let say after the attainment of Libya’s independence, we do appreciate our partnership.
To see the other pictures, scroll left and right, above. If you recognize any of the persons on these pictures, please contact me at @damspleet.
h/t Libyan Proud