Alan García: Peru’s former president kills himself forward of arrest

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Alan García served as president of Peru from 1985 to 1990 and once more from 2006 to 2011

Former Peruvian President Alan García has died after taking pictures himself as police arrived at his dwelling to arrest him over bribery allegations.

Mr García was rushed to hospital within the capital, Lima. His loss of life was confirmed by present President Martín Vizcarra.

A crowd of supporters gathered outdoors the hospital and had been held again by a line of police.

Mr García was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian building firm Odebrecht – claims he denied.

Officers had been despatched to arrest him in reference to the allegations.

Inside Minister Carlos Morán advised reporters that when police arrived, Mr García requested to make a cellphone name and went right into a room and closed the door.

Minutes later, a shot rang out, Mr Morán stated. Police pressured the door open and located Mr García sitting on a chair with a bullet wound to his head.

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Mr García underwent emergency surgical procedure within the Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima, however to no avail.

In a publish on Twitter, Mr Vizcarra despatched he was “shocked” by the previous president’s loss of life and despatched his condolences to his household.

Mr García served as president from 1985 to 1990 and once more from 2006 to 2011.

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Supporters of Mr García gathered outdoors the hospital in Lima

Investigators say he took bribes from Odebrecht throughout his second time period in workplace, linked to a metro line constructing mission within the capital.

Odebrecht has admitted paying virtually $30m (£23m) in bribes in Peru since 2004.

However Mr García maintained he was the sufferer of political persecution, writing in a tweet on Tuesday that there was “no clue or proof” in opposition to him.

Alan García – ‘Latin America’s Kennedy’

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Born on 23 Might 1949 in Lima
Studied regulation and sociology
Elected to Peru’s Chamber of Deputies for the Aprista Occasion of Peru (APRA)
Grew to become Peru’s youngest ever president in 1985 on the age of 36
A gifted orator, he was described by some as “Latin America’s Kennedy”
Served two phrases as president, first from 1986-1990, then from 2006-2011
Investigated for alleged corruption as a part of the Odebrecht scandal

Supply: BBC Monitoring

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