Former President of Peru Alan Garcia, who is suspected of corruption, recieved a rejection for asylum from Uruguay. Nevertheless, he stated that he is ready to stand trial. This was reported by El Comercio.
– I declare that I asked for asylum provided by constitution, before the expiry date of the arrest warrant, but as soon as this procedure is completed, I will be at home ready for investigation, – said Garcia.
The ex-leader also thanked Carlos Barros, the Uruguayan ambassador to Peru, “for the provided hospitality”.
– I am sorry if I caused any inconvenience, – he added.
Earlier today in denying Garcia’s asylum claim, Uruguayan leader Tabare Vazquez said that there was no evidence to support the politician’s claim that he is being targeted politically.
– In Peru the three branches of government function freely and autonomously, especially in this case the judicial power, – Tabare Vazquez said.
García entered the residence of the Uruguayan ambassador in Lima on 17 November after he was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. He denies all the accusations. Garcia served two terms as president, from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011. Investigators allege he took kickbacks from Odebrecht during his second term. Garcia has argued that he was the victim of false testimony by political enemies who told prosecutors he allegedly took bribes.