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Peru: Former President Alan Garcia shoots himself after receiving detention order

08:53 | Lima, Apr. 17.

Former President Alan Garcia on Wednesday morning shot himself after authorities arrived at his Lima home with a 10-day preliminary detention order against him linked to the Odebrecht case investigation.

"The former president made the decision to shoot himself," his lawyer Erasmo Reyna told reporters outside the Casimiro Ulloa Hospital, where Garcia was taken for medical procedures.

According to Health Minister Zulema Tomas, Garcia is currently in the operating room. His health is in a "very serious condition."

Dozens of police have redoubled security at the health facility.

The former Head of State's relatives have also arrived at the hospital.

Earlier, the Judiciary ordered the preliminary arrest of Garcia, as well as of the former Secretary-General of the Presidency Luis Nava and former PetroPeru Vice-President Miguel Atala, and their respective sons Jose Antonio Nava and Samir Atala, among other people.

The judicial decision was made at the request of the Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group Prosecutor, Jose Domingo Perez, who is investigating Garcia within the framework of the Odebrecht probe.

Alan Garcia served as President of Peru between 1985-1990 and 2006-2011.

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Published: 4/17/2019