LIMA, Peru – A former president of the country of Peru shot himself dead on Wednesday (April 17,2019) reportedly to avoid arrest from police authorities who arrived at his house and execute the arrest order.
Former president Allan Garcia was still rushed to the Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima but attending physicians pronounced him dead three hours later.
Garcia was accused of taking bribes from one of the biggest construction companies in the country known as Odebrecht. But until his untimely demise, the former president has maintained that he was a victim of political peresecution and his dectractors has no solid evidence to prove their allegations.
Prior to his death, Garcia sought assylum at the Uruguayan embassy in November, but his request was reportedly denied in December of last year.
Police investigation disclosed that police authorities reportedly stormed at Garcia's front door to execute the arrest but before they could hand over the arrest papers, a gunshot was heard inside Garcia's house.
Garcia, 69 year's old, put a bullet in his skull. The doctors tried all their best to revive the former president but he expired three hours after extensive medical operation.
His death was even confirmed by the incumbent president of the country, President Martinez Vizcarra.
Interior Minister Carlos Moran told reporters that prior to the former president's death he has told police that he needed to call his lawyer. He went to
his room and locked the door. In just minutes, government authorities heard a shot from a firearm inside his room. They forcibly opened the door and found the former president sitting and already bathed in blood coming from his head.
Gracia has served his country for two terms. His first was from 1985 to 1990 and another term was from 2006 to 2011.
The former president was investigated since February 2011 due to alleged bribery from a Brazillian company reportedly in return for contracts in favor of the construction firm Odebrecht.
The construction company has earlier admitted they allegedly bribed the Garcia administration to the tune of $29 Million they allegedly gave to Peruvian officials. But then President Garcia denied the accusations and instead pointed to his dectractors and political opponents as behind the smear campaign to malign his administration.
The country has been plagued with corruptions in years and this also resulted to the arrest of another former president of Peru arrested and detained last week. He was identified by police authorities as former president Pedro Pablo Kucyznski.