“The former president made the decision to shoot himself,” his lawyer Erasmo Reyna said outside the Casimiro Ulloa hospital before Garcia’s death.
“Devastated by the death of former President Alan Garcia, I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,” President Vizcarra tweeted.
Global corruption scandal
Garcia was accused of receiving kickbacks from one of Latin America’s largest construction firms — the Brazil-based company Odebrecht — during the building of an electric train for the Lima metro while he was president during his second term. He has denied the claims.
In his most recent tweet, posted on Tuesday, Garcia said there was “no shred of evidence” against him, accused Peruvian prosecutors of “SPECULATION,” and said he had “never sold out and that is proven.”
In November last year, Garcia had requested asylum at the Uruguayan embassy after a judge banned him from leaving the country for 18 months. The Uruguayan government denied the request in December.
Odebrecht is accused of doling out nearly $800 million in bribes between 2001 and 2016 to get contracts from governments to build roads, bridges, dams and highways.
Authorities say Odebrecht officials shipped cash across the globe — from one shell bank account to the next — en route to politicians’ pockets in a dozen countries, including Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Mozambique. Some of the bribes filtered through the United States.
The corruption scandal — one of the biggest in modern history — implicated several former Latin American presidents.
Last year, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
resigned one day before the congress voted on his impeachment. He continued to deny any wrongdoing in the Odebrecht scandal.
Ecuador suspended Vice President Jorge Glas
, who was later sentenced to six years in prison in December 2017 for receiving $13.5 million in bribes from Odebrecht.