Former Peruvian president commits suicide as police attempt to arrest him for corruption

Apr 17, 2019

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia shot himself in the neck Wednesday morning and died five hours later, Peruvian news media reported. Garcia was 69.

Former Peru president Alan Garcia

“The former president made the decision to shoot himself,” his lawyer Erasmo Reyna said outside the Casimiro Ulloa hospital. Health minister Zulema Tomas told reporters that Garcia died hours after being admitted to a Lima hospital.

Garcia was resuscitated three times by a medical team before his death was announced.

Garcia, who served as president from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011, was under investigation for bribery in connection with the massive Odebrecht corruption scandal that has engulfed a number of former Latin American leaders.

Sources close to the investigation told CNN that Peruvian authorities had issued an order for his immediate arrest.

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Garcia is accused of receiving kickbacks from Brazil-based Odebrecht during the building of an electric train for the Lima metro while he was president during his second term. He has denied the claims.

In his most recent tweet, posted on Tuesday, Garcia said there was “no shred of evidence” against him, accused Peruvian prosecutors of “speculation,” and said he had “never sold out and that is proven.”

Police say Garcia received the brides through a third party, which has been a common practice in Odebrecht cases.

In November last year, Garcia had requested asylum at the Uruguayan embassy after a judge banned him from leaving the country for 18 months. The Uruguayan government denied the request in December.
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Credit: CNN, https://edition.cnn.com

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