Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia shot himself early Wednesday morning after police raided his home in Lime for the arrest on corruption charges, a Peruvian police source informed.
The source, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said Garcia was immediately transferred to the Casimiru Aloa hospital.
Garcia, 69, underwent emergency surgery at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital and suffered three cardiac arrests, Health Minister Zulema Tomas said in broadcast comments. She said he was in “very critical” condition.
Garcia was under investigation in connection with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which triggered Latin America’s biggest graft scandal when it admitted publicly in 2016 that it won lucrative contracts in the region with bribes.
Last year, Garcia asked Uruguay for political asylum after he was banned from leaving the country to keep him from fleeing or obstructing the investigation. Uruguay rejected the request.