Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia, 69, has shot himself in the neck on Wednesday before his arrest and is in critical condition.
Garcia served as a nationalist president from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011. He is under investigation for bribery in connection with a massive corruption scandal that has engulfed a number of former Latin American leaders. The former president 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. He always has denied the claims saying there was "no shred of evidence" against him. Garcia also accused Peruvian prosecutors of "speculation." “Others might sell out, not me,” Garcia said in broadcast comments on Tuesday.
A judge banned him from leaving the country for 18 months after he had requested asylum at the Uruguayan embassy, which was denied last year. The corruption scandal, one of the biggest in modern history, implicated several former Latin American presidents. After shooting himself, Garcia underwent emergency surgery at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital and suffered three cardiac arrests. The bullet entered and left his head, a doctor said. Local TV channel America reported Garcia was in a coma. In Peru, criminal suspects can be ordered to spend up to three years in jail before trial if prosecutors can show they have evidence that likely would lead to a conviction.
Former president Alan Garcia died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.