Peru ex-president Garcia called for asylum in Uruguay: foreign ministry

LIMA (Reuters) – Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia entered the Uruguayan embassy and went for asylum, hours after being banned from leaving america while under investigation for corruption, the Peruvian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Garcia entered the embassy and residential on the Uruguayan ambassador in the residential Lima neighborhood on Saturday night and requested asylum, reported by an assertion with the foreign ministry.

Garcia “has requested asylum from that country, as per the provisions on the Convention on Diplomatic Asylum of 1954, that Peru and Uruguay are parties,” the foreign ministry said, adding the request “ought to be evaluated through the government of Uruguay.”

Officials with the Uruguayan embassy failed to immediately react to ask for comment.

Garcia’s asylum request came hours from judge ruled on Saturday to prohibit the ex-president from leaving the land for 1 . 5 years while under investigation for bribes allegedly received through the construction of an electric train in Lima by Brazilian company Odebrecht.

Garcia, who mostly resides in Spain, arrived in Lima on Thursday to testify in cases where before a prosecutor, who postponed the hearing and requested hmo’s president be barred from leaving.

The prosecutor in the case, Jose Perez, also accused Garcia of receiving $100,000 to bring part in a conference in Brazil, and said the bucks likely got their start in an Odebrecht fund, useful to shell out bribes in a number Latin American countries.

The sweeping Odebrecht corruption scandal has implicated a large number of high-ranking officials across Latin America, who were charged with taking bribe make the most exchange for public works contracts.

On Saturday, after hearing the judge’s decision to ban his departure on the country, Garcia had said he was not fearful of the ruling and would answer each of the accusations prior to a courts.

“All of this amounts to an escalation, in a turn to start fires to distract in the unemployment situation near you,” Garcia told journalists in the doorstep of his home in Lima.

Garcia held Peru’s presidency twice, from 1985-1990 and again from 2006-2011.

It will be the second time that Garcia, 69, has sought asylum from a South American country while facing corruption charges. In 1992, Garcia requested for asylum inside Colombian embassy in Lima, when he was being investigated for corruption and illicit enrichment during his first term as president.

(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Scott Squires; Editing by Chris Reese)

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