Alan Garcia, Peru’s ex-president kills himself before arrest

17 April, 2019, 19:22 | Author: Myra Gill

Local TV channel America reported Mr Garcia was in a coma and broadcast images of Mr Garcia's son, supporters and lawmakers entering the hospital, where police in riot gear stood by.

The ministry said Mr Garcia was still in an operating room and his condition was delicate.

"The former president made the decision to shoot himself", his lawyer Erasmo Reyna said outside the Casimiro Ulloa hospital.

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was hospitalized Wednesday after he shot himself before being detained by police amid allegations he received illegal payment from a Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Garcia, who served two terms as president of Peru, is under investigation for bribery.

Garcia was one of nine people a judge ordered to be arrested on Wednesday in connection with an investigation into bribes distributed by Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company that triggered Latin America's biggest graft scandal when it admitted publicly in late 2016 that it had secured lucrative contracts across the region with bribes. He said that actions leading up to Garcia's arrest appeared to have been carried out irregularly.

Investigations revealed that Garcia had been receiving proceeds from the said company which was supposed to be embarking in a metro line building project in Lima.

The attempted arrest took place at 6:30 a.m. (1130 GMT) at Garcia's home in the posh Miraflores neighborhood of Lima.

In November he sought refuge in the Uruguayan Embassy and applied for asylum but he left the next month after it was denied.

Garcia, 69, was a populist firebrand whose erratic first presidency in the 1980s was marked by hyperinflation, rampant corruption and the rise of the Shining Path guerrilla movement.

The current leader of the opposition, Keiko Fujimori - who is the daughter of Alberto Fujimori - is also in pre-trial detention on charges of taking $1.2 million in bribes from Odebretch.

"The only clean president in Peru is president Alan Garcia".



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