A former Peruvian president, Alan Garcia has died after shooting himself in order to avoid arrest over corruption allegations.
According to reports, Garcia shot himself in the head at his home on Wednesday as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case. This was confirmed by his lawyer and hospital officials.
the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima, capital of the country said Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery for “a bullet wound to his head”
Also, Peru’s Health Minister, Zulema Tomas said Garcia was in “very serious and critical” condition.
“We’ve had to resuscitate him three times. He’s had three cardiac arrests,” said Tomas.
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The health ministry added that the former president is in a delicate condition and the prognosis is reserved.
According to Tomas, the bullet went straight through Garcia’s head.
It was gathered that the attempted arrest took place at 6:30 a.m. (1130 GMT) at Garcia’s home in the posh Miraflores neighborhood of Lima.
Speaking with reporters, Erasmo Reyna, Garcia’s lawyer pointed that Garcia taking a decision to shoot himself is a
Garcia was Peru’s president from 1985-90 and again from 2006-11.
He is suspected of taking bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in return for large-scale public works contracts.
Garcia in November sought refuge in the Uruguayan Embassy and applied for asylum but he left the next month after it was denied.
Hen remains one of four Peruvian ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals alongside Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo.
Menawhile Odebrecht admitted to paying $29 million in bribes to Peruvian officials over three administrations. Some of those payments were allegedly made during Garcia’s second term in office to secure a contract to build the Lima metro.
According to the local media, Garcia received a $100,000 payment from an illicit Odebrecht fund for giving a speech to Brazilian business leaders in Sao Paulo in May 2012.