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Two-time Peruvian President Alan García ended his life with a gunshot wound to the head Wednesday after excusing himself from the presence of investigators seeking to detain him on corruption charges and retreating to his bedroom.
García governed as a leftist firebrand from 1986-1990 and again as a centrist alternative to leftist Ollanta Humala from 2006-2011. Like Humala, who went on to govern as president from 2011-2016, García stood accused of enriching himself illegally through ties with the Brazilian firm Odebrecht.
Interview - García - Life - Death - Interview
In his last interview, García said he was “a Christian” and believed in “life after death,” and predicted it would be his last interview “in freedom.”
Peru’s La República newspaper reported Tuesday that García was in his home when a Special Investigative Team for “Operation Car Wash” – a sprawling corruption probe with its origins in Brazil – knocked on his door to take him into preventative detention. Peruvian police have arrested several presidents in this manner to prevent them from fleeing abroad, as García second predecessor Alejandro Toledo has done.
Sources - Knowledge - Newspaper - Sound - García
Sources with knowledge of what occurred told the newspaper that the sound of García’s Colt 38 firing took the law enforcement team by surprise.
“As soon as he found out that we were there to detain him, he asked for permission to speak to his attorney and went into his room, closed the door, and, a few minutes later, the gun fired,” an unnamed source told La República. Another source said García was “calm and serene when he spoke to [authorities]. He made no indication of resistance.”
Investigators - García - Head
The investigators found García alive but could not save him, as he had shot himself in the head.
Odebrecht is a Brazilian contracting firm considered one of the primary actors in “Operation Car Wash,” the code name for the investigation into a corruption scheme in which Brazilian politicians...
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