Angry Garcia supporters point fingers after his death
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Dramatic scenes outside a Lima hospital on Wednesday (April 17), as supporters of Peru's former president Alan Garcia mourned his death.
Garcia shot himself as police arrived at his house to arrest him in connection with a bribery probe, according to officials.
Garcia, a skilled orator who led Peru's once-powerful Apra party for decades, governed Peru as a nationalist from 1985 to 1990 before remaking himself as a free-market proponent and winning a new five-year term in 2006.
Garcia was under investigation in connection with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which triggered Latin America's biggest graft scandal when it admitted publicly in 2016 that it won lucrative contracts in the region with bribes.
Garcia, who had repeatedly denied wrongdoing, was 69.
President Martin Vizcarra said on Twitter that he was "consternated" by Garcia's death, and sent his condolences to his family members.