Peru ex-president Garcia shoots himself as police try to arrest him

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia, under investigation in a corruption scandal, reportedly shot himself early Tuesday as police arrived at his home.

The former President of Peru has shot himself in the head just moments before police barged down his front door to arrest him.

"He is in a delicate condition and the prognosis is reserved", added the health ministry, which said the bullet went straight through Garcia's head.

Tomas said he was in "very critical" condition.

"Let's pray to God to give him strength", Erasmo Reyna, Garcia's lawyer, told journalists at the hospital, as Garcia's supporters chanted slogans in support.

A Peruvian judge last week ordered Kuczynski's detention for 10 days as he investigates some $782,000 in previously undisclosed payments from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht more than a decade ago.

Garcia, who served two terms (1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011) is now under investigation by authorities over bribery claims involving an explosive corruption scandal.

He had denied ever receiving money from Odebrecht, which is at the center of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal after admitting in a 2016 plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that it paid corrupt officials across Latin America almost $800 million in exchange for major infrastructure contracts.

In November previous year, Garcia had requested asylum at the Uruguayan embassy after a judge banned him from leaving the country for 18 months.

He had denied wrongdoing involving Odebrecht and blamed his legal troubles on political persecution. The Uruguayan government denied the request in December.

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.

During his first term in office, Garcia made history by becoming the country's youngest president at the time as he sat on the most coveted seat aged only 36.

The current leader of the opposition, Keiko Fujimori - who is the daughter of Alberto Fujimori - is also in pre-trial detention on charges of taking $1.2 million in bribes from Odebretch.

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