Peru's ex-President Alan García shoots himself before arrest

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia SHOOTS HIMSELF moments after arrest

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia SHOOTS HIMSELF moments after arrest

"This morning there was a regrettable accident: the president took the decision to shoot himself", Erasmo Reyna, Garcia's lawyer, told reporters outside the hospital.

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia, under investigation in a corruption scandal, reportedly shot himself early Tuesday as police arrived at his home.

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia shot himself in the head before being detained by police amid allegations he received illegal payment from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, his lawyer said Wednesday.

"He is in a delicate condition and the prognosis is reserved", added the health ministry, which said the bullet went straight through Garcia's head.

Garcia, who is now in dire condition in hospital, is not the only president of Peru to have had his regime marred by mass corruption.

Local TV channel America reported Garcia was in a coma and broadcast images of Garcia's son, supporters and lawmakers entering the hospital, where police in riot gear stood by.

The 69-year-old was president of Peru from 1985 to 1990 and again between 2006 and 2011.

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

Last year, Mr Garcia asked Uruguay for political asylum after he was banned from leaving the country to keep him from fleeing or obstructing the investigation. Uruguay rejected the request.

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.

Four of Peru's most recent presidents are all being investigated for alleged corruption with a fifth - Alberto Fujimori - is serving prison time for corruption and human rights abuses. Ollanta Humala spent nine months in pre-trial detention in 2017-2018 and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was arrested without charges last week.

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