Former Peruvian president Alan García shot and kill himself on Wednesday morning in his home as police arrived to arrest him in a corruption scandal.
Reacting to the incident, Peruvian President, Martín Vizcarra wrote in a tweet. “I send my condolences to his family and loved ones.”
García, 69, served twice as president of Peru between 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011 as leader of the center-left Aprista Party.
In November, a Peruvian court barred García from leaving the country amid an investigation into allegations that he received illegal payments from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
He was rushed Casimiro Ulloa hospital in the Peruvian capital, but the minister of health, Zulema Tomás, told reporters that García was in “very grave” condition, said he was brought to the hospital at 6:45 a.m. local time and was in the operating room 15 minutes later. García had three cardiac arrests during the operation, Tomás and his death was reported about 10:30 a.m. local time.
The Odebrecht scandal has become the largest corruption investigation in Latin American history. The scandal has hit Peru particularly hard, with billions of dollars’ worth of major construction projects stopped during the investigation.
The former president fled to the Uruguayan embassy in Lima and sought political asylum, but his request was refused.
Three other Peruvian presidents have been linked to the Odebrecht scandal. Ollanta Humala, who was president between 2011 and 2016, is barred from leaving the country amid an investigation into illegal campaign funding.
The Peruvian government is seeking the extradition of former president Alejandro Toledo from the United States on charges that he accepted millions of dollars in bribes. Toledo was president from 2001 to 2006.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned as president last year as opposition lawmakers sought his impeachment, was detained this month as part of the investigation into undisclosed Odebrecht payments.
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