LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian ex-president Alan Garcia wrote in an alleged suicide repeat read by relatives at a wake on Friday that he had killed himself in uncover to preserve a ways off from humiliation by the arms of his political enemies.
Garcia shot himself in the high earlier this week as police arrived at his door to arrest him in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in basically the most dramatic flip but in Latin The United States’s excellent graft scandal. Earlier than his suicide, Garcia had time and again brushed off allegations of corruption as a political hit.
Indubitably one of Garcia´s daughters read the ugly suicide repeat at a wake held by his APRA political catch collectively, which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency.
Reuters turned into unable to independently take a look at the authenticity of the letter, nor the time at which it turned into written.
“I will no longer be humiliated,” read Luciana Garcia, citing a repeat left by her father sooner than his suicide. “I admire seen others paraded around in handcuffs, living a melancholy existence, but Alan Garcia has no have to bear these injustices.”
“For this motive, I lag away to my children the distinction of my choices; to my guests, my pride, and to my enemies, my cadaver as a signal of my contempt for them.”
The repeat underscores the deep political rift that continues to plague the Odebrecht investigation in Peru and in other locations in Latin The United States.
Peruvian prosecutors investigating the Brazilian builder mentioned they had gathered ample proof to preserve Garcia in pre-trial detention while they willing costs towards him. Garcia maintained his innocence till the tip, calling the probe politically motivated.
“In this time of rumors and hatred, believed by the bulk…I admire seen how these procedures are previous to humiliate and no longer to peer the truth,” Garcia wrote in the letter read sooner than hundreds of his guests and allies on the wake.
President Martin Vizcarra, whose administration has overseen the probe, had supplied Garcia´s household a articulate funeral with honors, conventional of that got by worn presidents.
The Garcia household declined Vizcarra´s offer, preferring as a change a interior most event with the ex-president´s guests and allies.
Garcia´s suicide is at risk of power a wedge between Vizcarra´s executive and the faithful-leaning opposition in Peru´s Congress, a selection of whom were allied with the ex-president.
Reporting by Marco Aquino, writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Marguerita Choy