Gilberto Echeverri Mejía
|Gilberto Echeverri Mejía|
|Minister of National Defence of Colombia|
10 April 1997 – 7 August 1998
|President||Ernesto Samper Pizano|
|Preceded by||Guillermo Alberto González Mosquera|
|Succeeded by||Rodrigo Hernán Lloreda Caicedo|
|Governor of Antioquia|
28 August 1990 – 31 December 1991
|President||César Gaviria Trujillo|
|Preceded by||Helena Herrán González|
|Succeeded by||Juan Pablo Gómez Martínez|
|7th Minister of Economic Development of Colombia|
7 August 1978 – 14 May 1980
|President||Julio César Turbay Ayala|
|Preceded by||Diego Moreno Jaramillo|
|Succeeded by||Andrés Restrepo Londoño|
|Colombia Ambassador to Ecuador|
|President||Alfonso López Michelsen|
31 July 1936|
Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia
|Died||5 May 2003
Urrao, Antioquia, Colombia
|Spouse(s)||Marta Inés Pérez Mejía (1962-2003)|
|Children||Lina María Echeverri Pérez,
Jorge Ignacio Echeverri Pérez,
Carlos Arturo Echeverri Pérez
|Alma mater||Pontifical Bolivarian University (BSEE, 1959)|
Gilberto Echeverri Mejía (31 July 1936 - 5 May 2003) was a Colombian electrical engineer and politician who on 22 April 2002 was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - FARC-EP along with the then-Governor of Antioquia Guillermo Gaviria Correa among others while participating in a peace walk and held hostage until 5 May 2003 when he was murdered by the guerrillas during a botched rescue operation by government forces deep in the jungles. A Liberal party politician, he had previously served as Ambassador of Colombia to Ecuador from 1975 to 1977 in the Administration of President Alfonso López Michelsen, Minister of Economic Development from 1978 to 1980 in the Administration of President Julio César Turbay Ayala, Minister of National Defence from 1997 to 1998 in the Administration of President Ernesto Samper Pizano, and was working as peace advisor to Governor Gaviria before he was kidnapped.
Gilberto was born on 31 July 1936 in Rionegro, Antioquia and was the youngest of twelve children born to José María Echeverri and María Mejía. He finished his secondary education in 1954 at the Pontifical Bolivarian University where he also graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. In 1962 he married Marta Inés Pérez Mejía, with whom he had three children: Lina María, Jorge Ignacio, and Carlos Arturo.
- Echeverri Mejía, Gilberto (April 2006). Palacios Chamat, Mónica, ed. Bítacora Desde El Cautiverio [Journal From Captivity] (in Spanish). Medellín: EAFIT University. ISBN 978-958-8173-85-6. LCCN 2006481628. OCLC 133467559. Lay summary (2006-06-05).
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- "Ex ministro Gilberto Echeverri fue un gran hombre" [Former Minister Gilberto Echeverri Was A Great Man]. Caracol Radio (in Spanish). 2003-05-05. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
- "Gilberto Echeverri no fue el bobo de su casa" [Gilberto Echeverri was not the dumb one in his house]. Revista Semana (in Spanish). 2003-05-12. Retrieved 2012-02-03.