Ex-Peruvian president dies after shooting himself to avoid arrest

Ex-Peruvian president dies after shooting himself to avoid arrest

- Alan Garcia, ex-president of Peru, has died after shooting himself just as police his home to arrest him

- Following a sweeping corruption web, prosecutors had ordered that Garcia be arrested

- Prosecutors allege that during his second term in office, Garcia may have accepted up to $14 million (R196 506 100) in illegal payments

- The current Peruvian president, Martin Vizcarra, has sent a condolence message to Garcia’s family and loved ones

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After shooting himself as police waited to arrest him on Wednesday, 17 April, a former Peruvian president, Alan Garcia, has died.

As police waited outside his home in Lima to take him to jail, Garcia, who had been Peru’s president from 1885 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011, apparently shot himself in his bedroom. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, LA Times reports.

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Briefly.co.za gathers that following allegations of his involvement in the ‘Car Wash Scandal’, a sweeping corruption web that has ensnared officials in several Latin-American countries, prosecutors had ordered that Garcia be arrested.

The Brazilian construction firm, Odebrecht, is at the centre of the controversies. Officials of the firm have admitted to paying bribes running into tens of millions of dollars to high-ranking government officials, to secure lucrative public works contracts across the continent.

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The scandal has led to the arrest or extradition requests of three other former Peruvian presidents.

Prosecutors allege that during his second term in office, Garcia may have accepted up to $14 million (R196 506 100) in illegal payments.

Briefing reporters at a news conference on Wednesday morning, Peru’s health minister, Zulema Tomas, disclosed that Garcia’s heart had stopped three times while at the hospital.

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In reaction to the development, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra tweeted:

"Dismayed over the death of ex-President Alan García. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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