Peru’s Garcia denies corruption claims in suicide note

A suicide note in which Peru’s Alan Garcia denied corruption charges against him sets the backdrop for the ex-president’s funeral, two days after he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger as police arrived to arrest him on bribery charges linked to the Odebrecht graft scandal. “I’ve seen others paraded in handcuffs and living a miserable existence, but Alan Garcia will not suffer such an injustice or circus,” the late ex-president, 69, wrote in a note to his six children which is read out at his funeral by his sobbing daughter Luciana.

RAW: Bus crashes on Peru highway, killing 8, injuring 45

A bus carrying travelling from Piura in north-western Peru to the capital, Lima, crashed en route, killing at least eight people and injuring 45 others. The accident occurred on the Pan American Highway at approximately 3 am local time.

Five passengers who were traveling on the upper deck were thrown from the bus and died after landing on rocks in the creek of a riverbed below the highway.

Authorities confirmed that a delegation from the APRA (American Popular Revolutionary Alliance) political party were travelling on the bus to attend the funeral of former president Alan Garcia.

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Supporters bid farewell to former Peru’s president Garcia

Supporters wait in line to pay their respects to Peru’s ex-president Alan Garcia, during his wake at the headquarters of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party in Lima. The former president killed himself as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation.

Ex-Peruvian President Alan Garcia shoots himself moments before arrest, thousands attend his wake

The body of former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was moved from a hospital, to his party headquarters in Lima where thousands paid their respects.

Garcia mortally wounded himself with a gunshot to his head as officers waited to arrest him in a big graft probe that has put Peru’s most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning over corruption.

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Coffin of Peru’s ex-President arrives at his party’s HQ

The coffin of late Peruvian former President Alan Garcia arrives at the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarters in Lima, where thousands of supporters have gathered to pay their respects. Garcia died in hospital, after shooting himself in the head at his home when police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation. IMAGES

Coffin with the remains of Garcia leaves the hospital

The coffin with the remains of late Peruvian ex-president Alan Garcia leaves the hospital to go to the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarter’s in Lima, Peru. IMAGES

Images of hospital treating Peru ex-president after he shot himself

Images outside of the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima where former Peru president Alan Garcia is undergoing surgery after shooting himself in the head, as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case. IMAGES