Mario Germán Iguarán Arana

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Mario Germán Iguarán Arana
Colombia Ambassador to Egypt
In office
27 June 2010 – 2012
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Guillermo Antonio Vanegas Sierra
5th Attorney General of Colombia
In office
1 August 2005 – 31 July 2009
Nominated by Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded by Luis Camilo Osorio Isaza
Succeeded by Guillermo Mendoza Diago
3rd Deputy Minister of Justice of Colombia
In office
29 March 2004 – 1 August 2005
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded by Rafael Nieto Loaiza
Succeeded by Luis Hernando Angarita Figueredo
Personal details
Born (1960-06-08) 8 June 1960 (age 57)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Spouse(s) Lucero Saavedra
Children Daniela Iguarán Saavedra
David Iguarán Saavedra
Alma mater Externado University (LLB, 1982)
University of Bonn (LLM, 1990)
Profession Lawyer

Mario Germán Iguarán Arana (born 8 June 1960)[1] is a Colombian lawyer and diplomat. He served as Ambassador of Colombia to Egypt between 2010 and 2012. A lawyer, Iguarán has also served as the 3rd Deputy Minister of Justice of Colombia, the 5th Attorney General of Colombia, and as Assistant Magistrate of the Constitutional Court of Colombia.


Iguarán received his Bachelor of Law from the Externado University of Colombia in 1982, and obtained a Master in Comparative Law from the University of Bonn in Germany in 1990, and has completed specializations in Penal Cassation from La Gran Colombia University in 2003, and in High State Administration from the Colombian Higher School of Public Administration in 1998.[2]


President Uribe offered Iguarán an ambassadorship to Switzerland following the end of his term as Attorney General, but the Swiss Government expressed their disapproval of said appointment, because Iguarán had investigated a Swiss national, Jean Pierre Gontard, for cooperation with the FARC-EP. Gontard, who was working with the permission of the Swiss and Colombian authorities as a mediator, was suspected to have gone beyond his role by aiding the FARC rebels and their associates in Europe and was called in for questioning, he however was also a close friend and associate of Swiss Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey who is also the Swiss Foreign Minister in charge of approving ambassadorial appointments to Switzerland; in the end Iguarán was dropped from consideration to this mission.[3]

Nonetheless, President Uribe offered him another diplomatic post, and this time the host nation permitted it; Iguarán was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Colombia to the Republic of Egypt by Chancellor Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde on 2 March 2010 and travelling that same day to Egypt to assume his official duties,[4] and presented his letters of credence to Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on 27 June 2010.[5]

He served as ambassador until early 2012.[6]

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  1. ^ Iguarán Arana, Mario Germán. "Hoja de Vida" [Curriculum Vitae] (PDF) (in Spanish). Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Seccion 1 "Datos Personales". Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Hoja de Vida del Fiscal" [Resumé of the Attorney General] (in Spanish). Office of the Attorney General of Colombia. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Adiós a Suiza" [Goodbye to Switzerland]. Semana (in Spanish). 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Ex Fiscal Iguarán, Rumbo A Embajada En Egipto" [Former Attorney General Iguarán, On Route To Embassy In Egypt]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). Bogotá. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  5. ^ Ibrahim, Sherif (2010-06-27). El Galad, Magdy, ed. مبارك يتسلم أوراق اعتماد 20 سفيراً جديداً لدى مصر من بينهم أول سفير للعراق منذ 20 عاماً [Mubarak receives credentials of 20 ambassadors, including the new ambassador of Iraq to Egypt, the first in 20 years]. Almasry Alyoum (in Arabic). Cairo. Archived from the original on 2011-04-09. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  6. ^ Jineth Prieto (12 June 2012). "'Durante dos años faltó actividad en la Fiscalía': Mario Iguarán" (in Spanish). Vanguardia. Retrieved 26 May 2015.