Alan García, Ex-President of Peru, Is Dead After Shooting Himself During Arrest

Alan García, Ex-President of Peru, Is Dead After Shooting Himself During Arrest

LIMA, Peru — A former president of Peru died on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head when the authorities tried to arrest him in connection with one of the biggest corruption scandals in Latin American history.

A personal secretary for the former president, Alan García, 69, confirmed his death.

The secretary, Ricardo Pineda, also told a Peruvian radio station that as the authorities arrived at the former president’s home with an arrest warrant, he locked himself into his bedroom, shot himself and was rushed to a hospital.

The charges relate to Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction giant, which last year admitted to $800 million in payoffs in exchange for lucrative contracts for projects including roads, dams and bridges.

That revelation set off a flurry of investigations by prosecutors and lawmakers, principally in Latin America, as they sought to learn who was on the receiving end of the payments.

After the authorities issued a travel ban for Mr. García, he fled to the Uruguayan Embassy in Lima to request asylum. Uruguay rejected the request.

On Wednesday morning, the Peruvian authorities ordered an initial 10-day detention of Mr. García on accusations of money laundering, influence peddling and collusion. The measure allows officials to hold suspects before charges are formally presented.

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