Tuesday 21 May 2019

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

Peruvian presidential candidate Alan Garcia (C) greets supporters during a campaign rally in Catacaos, Piura, Peru May 30, 2006. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo/File Photo
Peruvian presidential candidate Alan Garcia (C) greets supporters during a campaign rally in Catacaos, Piura, Peru May 30, 2006. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo/File Photo
Supporters of Peru's former President Alan Garcia gesture as they try to enter a hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
A supporter of Peru's former President Alan Garcia reacts as she tries to enter a hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Peru's new President Alan Garcia waves after leaving the Congress where he received the presidential red-and-white sash during his inauguration ceremony in Lima, Peru July 28, 2006. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
Supporters of Peru's former President Alan Garcia react as they try to enter a hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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Peru's former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday after shooting himself as police arrived at his house to arrest him in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said on Wednesday.

Garcia, who had repeatedly denied wrongdoing, was 69.

President Martin Vizcarra said on Twitter that he was "consternated" by Garcia's death, and sent his condolences to his family members.

Supporters of Peru's former President Alan Garcia gesture as they try to enter a hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Supporters of Peru's former President Alan Garcia gesture as they try to enter a hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Peru's new President Alan Garcia waves after leaving the Congress where he received the presidential red-and-white sash during his inauguration ceremony in Lima, Peru July 28, 2006. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
Peru's new President Alan Garcia waves after leaving the Congress where he received the presidential red-and-white sash during his inauguration ceremony in Lima, Peru July 28, 2006. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
Supporters of Peru's former President Alan Garcia react as they try to enter a hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Supporters of Peru's former President Alan Garcia react as they try to enter a hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

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