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Family, friends and supporters gathered on Thursday (April 18) for a wake in honour of ex-president Alan Garcia, who shot himself in the head this week to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht.
A pugnacious politician considered one of Latin America's best orators, Garcia had long been dogged by graft allegations that he brushed off as baseless political smears.
But prosecutors investigating Brazilian builder Odebrecht gathered enough evidence to secure a judicial order this week to hold Garcia in pre-trial detention while they prepared charges against him, prompting the ex-president's suicide.
Speaking outside the wake, Garcia's son Federico Garcia told media his father did not commit suicide and had been persecuted in the lead up to his death.
The investigation in Peru had picked up speed in recent months, with a judge ordering another former president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, to jail before trial in connection with the company last week.
The scandal had already touched the highest levels of Peru's ruling political class.
Ex-President Alejandro Toledo is fighting extradition from the United States after a Peruvian judge ordered him jailed in 2017, while another former leader, Ollanta Humala, spent nine months in pre-trial detention before he was released last year on appeal.
Humala, Garcia's political rival, had tried to attend the wake but mourners protesting his presence saw the former president turnaround and get back in his vehicle.