Former Peruvian President Alan García passed away this morning while being hospitalized for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to El Comercio.
The suicide took place moments after a preliminary arrest warrant was known in the framework of the corruption investigation to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
The Ministry of Health reported that García received a bullet shot wound that entered and exited his head. “García suffered three cardiac arrests and underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation, explained the head of the ministry, Zulema Tomás”, according to Infobae. He later passed away in the Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima.
"The former president made the decision to shoot himself," his lawyer, Erasmo Reyna, told reporters at the entrance to the emergency room. On the eve, García said in an interview with the radio station RPP that "it would be a great injustice" to issue an arrest warrant against him.
Sources from El Comercio indicated that a police team arrived at the ex-President’s home around 6:00 am today with a search warrant and, subsequently, he was informed of the arrest warrant. "He communicated with his lawyers and a shot was heard," they added, according to the aforementioned media.
Last November, Garcia tried to evade the investigation and requested asylum in the Uruguayan embassy, but Montevideo rejected his request.
In recent days, the IDL Reporteros revealed the millionaire deposits of the Brazilian construction company to García’s former secretary during his second government (2006-2011).