Former Peru President Alan García dead after shooting himself moments before arrest

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia

By Own Correspondent- "Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra", said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia's American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party.

The Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima earlier confirmed he had suffered "a bullet wound to his head".

President Martin Vizcarra announced the death on Twitter, saying that doctors in the capital city of Lima performed emergency surgery and tried three times to resuscitate Garcia.

Former Peruvian President Alan García speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Wash., DC., on June 1, 2010. "I send my condolences to his family and loved ones", Mr Vizcarra wrote in a tweet.

Garcia went into his bedroom on the second floor, saying he was going to call his lawyer, Peru's Interior Minister Carlos Moran said.

The former president was one of more than 230 people across Latin America investigated in a corruption case centered on Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht.

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Last year, Mr Garcia asked Uruguay for political asylum after he was banned from leaving the country to keep him from fleeing or obstructing the investigation. Uruguay rejected the request.

Garcia denied ever receiving any money from Odebrecht and claimed he was the victim of false testimony by his political enemies.

She said he had to be resuscitated three times: "He's had three cardiac arrests". Ollanta Humala spent nine months in pre-trial detention in 2017-2018 and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was arrested without charges last week.

Odebrecht took responsibility for bribes paid in relation to several contracts, including the construction of Lima's Metro while Garcia was in office. Some of the bribes filtered through the United States.

Odebrecht's Peruvian unit formalized an agreement in February with authorities to pay a multimillion dollar fine to allow it to continue operating in the country in return for providing evidence about officials it bribed. Congressional allies said he was taken Tuesday night to a local clinic with high blood pressure.

On Wednesday, Garcia's lawyer told reporters that the tragedy "could have been avoided". A hearing is scheduled to take place Wednesday to decide whether to increase his detention to three years.

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