- Alan García, the former president of Peru, is in serious condition after shooting himself as police came to arrest him over bribery allegations.
- García is accused of receiving bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company, for a train construction project in Lima during his tenure. He denies those claims.
Peru’s former president shot himself in the neck as officers came to arrest him over bribery allegations, Agence France-Presse reported, citing his lawyer.
Alan García shot himself before being detained by police, The Associated Press reported.
He is now in critical condition in hospital in Lima, the Peruvian capital, the BBC reported. He was taken there by police officers who came to arrest him.
García was immediately taken into emergency surgery, Reuters reported, citing local media.
Staff at the José Casimiro Ulloa Hospital in Lima declined to comment when contacted by Business Insider.
García — who served as president from 1985 to 1990, and from 2006 to 2011 — is accused of taking bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company, for a train construction project in Lima. He denies the allegations.
He was banned from leaving the country while the bribery investigation was ongoing. He requested asylum in Uruguay’s Lima embassy last year, but the Uruguayan government refused his request.
In 2016, Odebrecht pleaded guilty to paying officials across Latin America $788 million to government officials across Latin America in exchange for lucrative infrastructure deals.
The US Justice Department, which made the charges, called Odebrecht’s misdeeds — which was done alongside Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem — the „largest foreign bribery case in history“ at the time.
Source: business insider