Former Peru's president Garcia dies after shooting himself to avoid arrest

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia

Peru's former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head at his home on Wednesday as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case, his lawyer and hospital officials said.

Garcia survived the suicide attempt and authorities transported him to Casimiro Ulloa hospital for emergency surgery.

Corruption cases have reached the highest levels in Peru politics, most notably involving officials and Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant that has admitted to spreading some $800 million U.S. in bribes to officials across Latin America, including $29 million in Peru.

He had denied ever receiving money from Odebrecht, which is at the center of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal after admitting in a 2016 plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that it paid corrupt officials across Latin America almost $800 million in exchange for major infrastructure contracts.

Tomas said he was in "very critical" condition.

The 69-year-old was president of Peru from 1985 to 1990 and again between 2006 and 2011.

Interior Minister Carlos Moran said at a news conference that Garcia had told police he needed to call his attorney after they arrived at his home in Lima to arrest him.

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This story was first published on CNN.com, "Alan Garcia, former Peru president, shoots himself".

Garcia became Peru's youngest ever president when he was elected to the office for the first time at the age of 36.

Authorities say Odebrecht officials shipped cash across the globe - from one shell bank account to the next - en route to politicians' pockets in a dozen countries, including Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, and Mozambique.

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

As police officers knocked on his door on Wednesday morning, Garcia shut himself in his room and shot himself in the head. He remained there for a little more than two weeks before having his request denied. Ollanta Humala spent nine months in pre-trial detention in 2017-2018 and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was arrested without charges last week.

All have denied wrongdoing in connection with Odebrecht.

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