Peru’s ex-president in critical condition after shooting himself during arrest

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 17, 2019

The 69-year-old Garcia was taken from his home in the capital Lima to the Casimiro Ulloa Hospital at around 6:45 a.m. local for a bullet wound to the head, local media reported.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Alan Garcia, former Peru president, shoots himself".

Peru's former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head at his home on Wednesday as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case, his lawyer and hospital officials said.

The ministry said Mr Garcia was still in an operating room and his condition was delicate. "Let's pray to God to give him strength", Reyna said in broadcast comments.

Garcia was under investigation in connection with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which triggered Latin America's biggest graft scandal when it admitted publicly in 2016 that it won lucrative contracts in the region with bribes.

Garcia, who served two terms (1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011) is now under investigation by authorities over bribery claims involving an explosive corruption scandal.

In a 2016 plea agreement with the US Justice Department, the Brazilian company admitted that it paid corrupt officials across Latin America almost $800million to secure major infrastructure contracts.

Garcia has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

Garcia is accused of receiving kickbacks from one of Latin America's largest construction firms - the Brazil-based company Odebrecht - during the building of an electric train for the Lima metro while he was president during his second term.

In November he sought refuge in the Uruguayan Embassy and applied for asylum but he left the next month after it was denied. He said that actions leading up to Garcia's arrest appeared to have been carried out irregularly.

Two other contracts reportedly involved the construction of a road linking Brazil and Peru during the government of former president Alejandro Toledo, between 2001 and 2006.

The current leader of the opposition, Keiko Fujimori - who is the daughter of Alberto Fujimori - is also in pre-trial detention on charges of taking $1.2 million in bribes from Odebretch.

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