Former Peruvian President Alan García shot himself in the head and died Wednesday moments after police arrived at his home to arrest him on corruption allegations in Latin America’s largest graft probe. President Martin Vizcarra announced the death on Twitter, saying that doctors in the capital city of Lima performed emergency surgery and tried three times to resuscitate Garcia. The scandal has touched nearly every living former president.
At least 48 people were killed in a crash in Peru, Tuesday, when a tractor-trailer hit a coach bus, causing the bus to fall 330 feet down a cliff. Peru’s health ministry claims six survivors have been found. The accident happened on a stretch of road known as Curva del Diablo, or the devil’s bend.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation amid a corruption scandal, weeks before President Trump was to visit for a summit on improving governance in the Americas. Kuczynski’s resignation came a day after a video showed key allies attempting to buy the support of opposition lawmakers, and a day before a congressional impeachment vote against him.
Just over a month after he was released from prison and pardoned from his 25-year sentence, sparking protests, former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori has been ordered to stand trial for a 1992 massacre in which six farmers were killed. Fujimori claims he is innocent and will appeal against the court ruling.