Peru's ex-president shoots himself, dead

Ex president of Peru, Alan García, died after he shot himself in the neck as police officers arrived at his home Wednesday, April 17, 2019 to arrest him in connection with a corruption probe.

The former statesman (1985-1990, 2006-2011) had been taken from his house in the capital Lima to the Casimiro Ulloa hospital, his lawyer Erasmo Reyna confirmed.

After prosecutors went to his home, saying they had come for a search, Mr García locked himself in his bedroom and apparently shot himself, Radio Programas del Perú reported.

Probes into campaign donations and bribes paid by the company have embroiled Peru’s past four presidents and stalled major infrastructure projects, slowing its economy.

Former presidents Ollanta Humala and Mr García have been barred from leaving the country, the government is pursuing Alejandro Toledo’s extradition from the United States and, earlier in April, a court ordered the detention of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for 10 days.

Mr García was under investigation for alleged money laundering and bribery crimes related to the Odebrecht corruption scandal, which has had an impact on the business and political climates of many nations around the world. He has denied all allegations.

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