Peru: ex-president in critical condition after shooting himself before arrest squib

Alan García, who faces accusations of taking bribes from Brazilian company Odebrecht during his presidency, is in hospital

Peru’s former president, Alan García, is reportedly in critical condition having deliberately shot himself in the head when police tried to arrest him in connection with a multibillion-dollar Latin American corruption scandal.

García’s lawyer, Erasmo Reyna, told local media his client “took the decision to shoot himself” early on Wednesday after officers arrived at his home in the capital, Lima, to place him under preventive detention.

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