Former president of Peru Alan Garcia died Wednesday during an arrest by Peruvian Police in connection with the Odebrecht corruption scandal.
Garcia was president of Peru twice from 1985-1990 and 2006-2011. He was the leader of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance, a center-left political party in Peru, and is the party’s only member to take office as president of Peru. More recently, Garcia was under investigation for corruption involving bribes taken from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. Odebrecht has been involved in corruption across Latin America with investigations opened in Peru, Colombia, Panama and Mexico, among others. Garcia allegedly accepted bribes from Odebrecht for lucrative train construction contracts in Lima. Garcia had sought asylum in Uruguay but was banned from leaving by the Peruvian government.
Garcia died at age 69 today of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as police were executing an arrest warrant in connection with funds received from Odebrecht to finance his second presidential campaign. Current president Martin Vizcarra confirmed the news in a tweet saying: “Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones.”