Facing arrest, Peru ex-president shoots himself: lawyer

17 Avril, 2019, 17:50 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia

Alan Garcia, the former president of Peru, shot himself before being arrested by police amid bribery allegations, his lawyer said.

Local TV channel America reported Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery and was in critical condition.

It broadcast images of Garcia's son and supporters arriving at the hospital.

He said: 'Right now he's being operated on. "Let's pray to God to give him strength", Reyna said in broadcast comments.

Garcia, 69, served twice as president of Peru - first from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011 - as the leader for the center left Aprista Party.

He had denied ever receiving money from Odebrecht, which is at the centre of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal after admitting in a 2016 plea agreement with the US Justice Department that it paid corrupt officials across Latin America almost $800 million in exchange for major infrastructure contracts.

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Martin Vizcarra, who had been serving as Peru's ambassador to Canada, succeeded Kuczynski.

In November a year ago, Garcia had requested asylum at the Uruguayan embassy after a judge banned him from leaving the country for 18 months. Uruguay rejected the request.

Some of those payments were allegedly made during Garcia's second term in office to secure a contract to build the Lima metro.

Odebrecht has admitted that it paid $29million to Peruvian officials during three Presidential tenures, but Mr Garcia maintains his innocence and has slammed the inquiry as a political smear. He was arrested last month for public drunkenness in northern California but released back into the community. "He's had three cardiac arrests", said Tomas.

Odebrecht has also been tied to corruption probes involving officials in Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Chile and Mexico.

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