Former Peruvian president, facing arrest, commits suicide

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Alan García. Photo: AFP/Getty Images.

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia died in a Lima hospital on Wednesday after he shot himself in the head as he faced arrest on bribery charges. Earlier in the day, a judge ordered Garcia and eight other people to be arrested for their alleged involvement in a scandal involving bribes by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Garcia said the charges against him were part of a campaign of political persecution, although he was one of three former presidents ordered jailed in the scandal.

“Others might sell out, not me,” said Garcia, a one-time leftist firebrand who became a supporter of foreign investment and free trade.

Members of his once-powerful Apra party announced his death outside a hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

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