Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia shot himself in the head and died
Wednesday as officers waited to arrest him in a massive graft probe that has
put the country’s most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning
Authorities broke through a door at Garcia’s mansion in a leafy, upscale
neighborhood of the Peruvian capital after hearing gunfire. The 69-year-old
former head of state was rushed to a hospital, where a team of doctors
performed emergency surgery but could not save him.
was rushed to hospital in the capital, Lima.
was confirmed by current President Martín Vizcarra.
A crowd of
supporters gathered outside the hospital and were held back by a line of
was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht –
claims he denied.