Luis Carlos Restrepo Ramírez

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Luis Carlos Restrepo Ramírez
5th High Commissioner for Peace of Colombia
In office
7 August 2002 (2002-08-07) – 5 March 2009 (2009-03-05)
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded by Camilo Gómez Alzate
Succeeded by Frank Joseph Pearl González
Personal details
Born (1954-01-24) 24 January 1954 (age 63)
Filandia, Caldas, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Alma mater
Profession Psychiatrist
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Restrepo and the second or maternal family name is Ramírez.

Luis Carlos Restrepo Ramírez (born 24 January 1954) is a Colombian psychiatrist and philosopher, who served as the 5th High Commissioner for Peace of Colombia from August 2002 to March 2009.

While in Office, he was in charge of the controversial demobilization and disarmament of 32,000 paramilitaries of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia and 13,000 guerrilla fighters.[1]

For some time, the Government of Colombia considered him a fugitive,[2][3][3] after the Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia issued an international arrest warrant[2][3] after Restrepo left the country on 8 January 2012 on a flight bound to the United States;[2][3][3] his current whereabouts remain unknown, but he is presumed to have obtained political asylum in Canada.[4] Restrepo, who was accused of faking the demobilization of a FARC military unit in 2006,[2][3][3] is charged by the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia with conspiracy to commit crime; embezzlement; and arms possession, trafficking, and manufacturing.[3] Restrepo, who was one of the closest allies of the President Álvaro Uribe Vélez,[2][3][3] has denied the allegations made against him, and accused the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of mounting a political persecution against him; in this he receives the backing and support of former President Uribe.[2] However, on September 23, 2013, Colombia's Prosecutor General dropped the arrest warrant against Restrepo.[5]

From his exile, Restrepo has shown support for the current Peace talks of President Juan Manuel Santos with FARC rebels.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Luis Carlos was born on 24 January 1954 in Filandia, Caldas Department to Carlos E. Restrepo Ramírez and Soledad Ramírez Ospina.



  1. ^ "Justicia o persecución?". Revista Semana. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ohlsen Pettersson, Olle (30 July 2012). "Arrest warrant confirmed for Colombia's ex-peace commissioner". Colombia Reports. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "¿Dónde está Luis Carlos Restrepo?". Semana (in Spanish). Bogotá. 19 January 2013. ISSN 0124-5473. OCLC 7475329. Retrieved 4 July 2013.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dondeesta" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Luis Carlos Restrepo consiguió asilo en Canadá". Revista Semana. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
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  6. ^ "Santos pide a uribistas escuchar a Restrepo". Revista Semana. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016.