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Peru: Dozens gather outside Lima hospital after fmr president Garcia dies01:29

Peru: Dozens gather outside Lima hospital after fmr president Garcia dies

Peru, Lima
April 17, 2019 at 17:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters and detractors of Alan Garcia, the former-president of Peru, gathered outside of the hospital in Lima where he died after shooting himself in the head on Wednesday.

Many can be heard chanting 'long live president Garcia' and singing the songs of his political party, American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA).

Garcia shot himself when police arrived to his home in the Peruvian capital to arrest him in connection with the ongoing 'Odebrecht' corruption investigation. He was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery, but died a few hours later.

One supporter can be heard saying that he believes Garcia was murdered.

"Dr Alan Garcia has been executed. There was a command, a command to annihilate him, with the aim of changing the country's political agenda. Yes, I am certain," he said.

Garcia, who served as president between 1985 and 1990 and then again from 2006 to 2011, is suspected of taking bribes from Brazilian company Odebrecht in return for granting construction contracts during his second stint in office.

He was to be the third former Peruvian president to face charges as part of the scandal involving Odebrecht, which has admitted paying Latin American officials more than $800 million (€708 million) in bribes over decades in return for building contracts.

Peru: Dozens gather outside Lima hospital after fmr president Garcia dies01:29
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Supporters and detractors of Alan Garcia, the former-president of Peru, gathered outside of the hospital in Lima where he died after shooting himself in the head on Wednesday.

Many can be heard chanting 'long live president Garcia' and singing the songs of his political party, American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA).

Garcia shot himself when police arrived to his home in the Peruvian capital to arrest him in connection with the ongoing 'Odebrecht' corruption investigation. He was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery, but died a few hours later.

One supporter can be heard saying that he believes Garcia was murdered.

"Dr Alan Garcia has been executed. There was a command, a command to annihilate him, with the aim of changing the country's political agenda. Yes, I am certain," he said.

Garcia, who served as president between 1985 and 1990 and then again from 2006 to 2011, is suspected of taking bribes from Brazilian company Odebrecht in return for granting construction contracts during his second stint in office.

He was to be the third former Peruvian president to face charges as part of the scandal involving Odebrecht, which has admitted paying Latin American officials more than $800 million (€708 million) in bribes over decades in return for building contracts.