Peru’s Former President Alan Garcia Dead After Shooting Himself Before Arrest

Peru’s Former President Alan Garcia Dead After Shooting Himself Before Arrest

Alan Garcia, the former president of Peru, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Media reports revealed that police were on their way to arrest the politician on Wednesday, April 17 but when they arrived at his home with a search warrant, a loud gunshot was heard.

They eventually discovered Garcia with a wound to his head.

He was taken to a hospital in Lima shortly after and was pronounced dead hours later.

Garcia had been accused of taking bribes from construction company Odebrecht during his time in office.

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He denied the claims vehemently, but Odebrecht admitted to paying approximately $30 million in bribes to the former president.

Garcia served as president from 1985 to 1990, before returning for a second term from 2006 to 2011.

Peru’s current president, Martín Vizcarra, paid his respects to Garcia in a tweet.

“Dismayed by the death of former President Alan Garcia,” he wrote.

“I send my condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Odebrecht, the company that reportedly bribed Garcia, is one of the biggest construction companies in the world. It previously worked on the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup.

Two other former presidents are embroiled in the scandal, with Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo both accused of taking money from Odebrecht.

Humala is currently in pre-trial detention in Peru, while Toledo is a fugitive in the U.S.

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