Ex-Peruvian president kills himself ahead of arrest

Ex-Peruvian president kills himself ahead of arrest

Ex-Peruvian president kills himself ahead of arrest

Alan Garcia, a Peruvian politician who was twice elected his country's president, died by suicide Wedensday as police prepared to arrest him.

The former president's oldest daughter, Carla Garcia, wrote on Twitter that she bade her father farewell "very proud to be Alan's daughter".

When police arrived, Garcia asked them to call his attorney and then he entered his bedroom, Morán said.

Ricardo Pinedo, Garcia's secretary, said the former president had four or five weapons in his home, gifts he had received from the military, and that he had used one of these to shoot himself.

Garcia was taken to the Casimiro Ullao Emergency Hospital in Lima for an emergency surgery.

The ex-premier fought for his life for around three hours, during which time he suffered three cardiac arrests and was resuscitated three times, before being pronounced dead.

It may also deepen the divide between centrist President Martin Vizcarra and the rightwing opposition that controls Congress, where Garcia had influential allies.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Bolivia s Evo Morales added their own condolences, while Colombian leader Ivan Duque said "with sadness we raise prayers" for Garcia s family, adding: "Rest in peace".

APRA congressman Mauricio Mulder said Garcia "took a dignified and honorable decision".

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He allegedly took bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht for offering large-scale public works contracts. He has denied the claims.

Late past year, Garcia asked Uruguay for political asylum after he was banned from leaving the country while under investigation, calling Vizcarra a "dictator". He has said he does not interfere in the constitutionally independent prosecutors' office.

This was a sweeping corruption web that has ensnared officials in several Latin American countries.

Garcia, 69, was accused by Peruvian authorities of receiving kickbacks from Odebrecht during the building of an electric train line for the Lima metro while he was president for a second term.

Reports also claimed that Garcia received a United States dollars 100,000 payment from an illicit Odebrecht fund for giving a speech to Brazilian business leaders in Sao Paulo in May 2012.

Mr Garcia has been rushed to hospital.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva is serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption and money laundering.

His daughter, opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, is being held in pre-trial detention for up to three years, accused of accepting $1.2 million in illicit party funding from Odebrecht for her 2011 presidential campaign.

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