Former Peru president, Alan Garcia has shot himself in the head as he was about to be arrested in a sprawling corruption case.
According to reports, the 69-year-old Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery for ‚Äúa bullet wound to his head‚ÄĚ at the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima, the hospital said.
According to Lailas News online, Peru‚Äôs Health Minister Zulema Tomas said Garcia was in ‚Äúvery serious and critical‚ÄĚ condition.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had to resuscitate him three times. He‚Äôs had three cardiac arrests,‚ÄĚ said Tomas.
‚ÄúHe is in a delicate condition and the prognosis is reserved,‚ÄĚ added the health ministry, which said the bullet went straight through Garcia‚Äôs head.
The attempted arrest took place at 6:30 a.m. (1130 GMT) at Garcia‚Äôs home in the posh Miraflores neighbourhood of Lima.
‚ÄúThis morning there was a regrettable accident: the president took the decision to shoot himself,‚ÄĚ Erasmo Reyna, Garcia‚Äôs lawyer, told reporters outside the hospital.
Garcia, who was president from 1985-90 and again from 2006-11, is suspected of having taken bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in return for large-scale public works contracts.
In November he sought refuge in the Uruguayan Embassy and applied for asylum but he left the next month after it was denied.
He is one of four Peruvian ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals alongside Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo.
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