Former Peruvian President Alan García shot himself and was rushed to hospital in critical situation on Wednesday shortly after police arrived at his home to arrest him as a part of a corruption investigation.
“The state of affairs of the previous president is delicate,” Mr García’s lawyer Erasmo Reyna instructed reporters outdoors the hospital in Lima the place he was being handled. “In the meanwhile he’s being operated upon. We pray to God that he has the energy.”
Mr García, 69, is without doubt one of the best-known politicians in Peru. He served twice as president, from 1985 to 1990 after which once more from 2006 to 2011.
Since leaving workplace he has change into ensnared within the Odebrecht corruption scandal, that began in Brazil however has unfold all through Latin America, implicating lots of of politicians and enterprise leaders.
Late final 12 months, he sought refuge within the Uruguayan embassy in Lima and requested asylum however his bid was rejected and he returned residence.
His private secretary Ricardo Pinedo instructed reporters that police arrived at his home early on Wednesday morning to take him into preventive custody for 10 days as a part of the probe.
Mr García retreated to a room and a shot was heard, he mentioned.