Peru's new President Alan Garcia waves after leaving the Congress where he received the presidential red-and-white sash during his inauguration ceremony in Lima, Peru July 28, 2006. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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Peru's former President Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima Wednesday, hours after shooting himself in the head to avoid arrest in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said Wednesday.Garcia had been one of nine people a judge had ordered to be arrested Wednesday for alleged involvement in bribes distributed by Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company that triggered Latin America's biggest graft scandal when it admitted in 2016 that it had paid kickbacks to politicians across the region to secure lucrative contracts.Garcia would have been the third former president in Peru to have been jailed in the Odebrecht case.
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