Facing arrest, Peru ex-president Alan Garcia shoots self - lawyer

In this file image former Peruvian president Alan Garcia speaks to the media as he arrives at the National Prosecution office in Lima Peru in March 2018

Facing arrest, Peru ex-president Alan Garcia shoots self - lawyer

The former President of Peru has shot himself in the head just moments before police barged down his front door to arrest him.

After shooting himself in the head, Garcia was taken to a hospital trauma unit.

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It broadcast images of Garcia's son and supporters arriving at the hospital. "Right now he's being operated on". Let's pray to God to give him strength'.

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 United States in bribes to officials across Latin America, including $29 million in Peru.

In November, a Peruvian court barred Garcia from leaving the country amid an investigation into allegations that he received illegal payments from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Martin Vizcarra, who had been serving as Peru's ambassador to Canada, succeeded Kuczynski. The former president fled to Uruguayan embassy in Lima and sought political asylum, but his request was refused.

Neighbouring South American nation Uruguay rejected his asylum plea late a year ago.

Prosecutors say Garcia took bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for a lucrative public transport contract in Lima.

Garcia, who served two terms as president of Peru, is under investigation for bribery.

"He is in a critical condition", said Peru's health ministry.

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