Former Peruvian president dies after shooting himself ahead of arrest

The former president of Peru has died after shooting himself in the head before police could arrest him over allegations he received millions in illegal payments.

Alan García, 69, who served as president twice, had been placed at the centre of Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal amid claims he accepted bribes in exchange for major infrastructure contracts.

MPs confirmed his death at 10.26am local time after being operated on for more than three hours.

Peru’s last president, Pedro Pablo Kucyznski, was arrested just a week ago as part of a money laundering probe into his ties to the company.

Allies of Kuczynski in congress said he was taken to a local clinic with high blood pressure on Tuesday night.

A hearing is scheduled to take place Wednesday to decide whether to increase his detention to three years.

García’s first presidency in the 1980s was marked by hyperinflation, corruption and the rise of the Shining Path guerrilla movement.

When he returned to power two decades later he ran a more conservative government, helping usher in an investment boom in which Odebrecht played a major supporting role.

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