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Former President of Peru Alan Garcia in a coma after shooting himself

By Jay Jackson, Jordan News
18 Apr 2019, 00:21 GMT+10

<p>LIMA, Peru - Former President of Peru Alan Garcia who was in a coma in a hospital in the capital Lima, after he shot himself early on Wednesday has since died.</p><p>Police had arrived at the former leader&#39;s Lima home at 6:30am in order to arrest him over bribery allegations. Before officers had a chance to arrest him, Mr Garcia took a gun from his bedroom and shot himself.</p><p>He was rushed to the emergency ward of the Casimiro Ulloa Hospital in Lima where he underwent emergency surgey. His condition at the time was described by his attorney as &#39;delicate.&#39; Following surgery, it is understood the 69-year old went into a coma. However he has since passed away.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Devastated by the death of former President Alan Garcia, I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,&quot; President Vizcarra posted on Twitter later on&nbsp; Wednesday.</p><p>The former president&#39;s family and supporters and his attorney Erasmo Reyna have reportedly gathered at the hospital.</p><p>&quot;Right now he&rsquo;s being operated on. Let&rsquo;s pray to God to give him strength,&quot; Reyna told local media at the hospital prior to his death.&nbsp;</p><p>Garcia ruled Peru for two terms, one between 1985 and 1990, and the other from 2006 to 2011.</p><p>Most recently his name surfaced in a major corruption scandal engulfing one of brazil&#39;s biggest building companies Odebrecht.</p><p>Odebrecht has admitted it secured a number of construction contracts in Latin America by paying bribes.</p><p>Mr Garcia is alleged to have been involved. He has consistently denied taking brikes and of any wrongdoing.</p><p>The former leader had been unable to leave Peru as his travel hasdbeen restricted because of the investigation.</p><p>In 2018 he sought political asylum from Uruguay, but his application was refused.</p><p>(File photo).</p>

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