British ambassador to Mexico ousted after viral video — MercoPress

British ambassador to Mexico deposed after viral video

Sunday, June 2, 2024 – 16:10 UTC

In the video, diplomat Jon Benjamin appears in the front seat of a vehicle and points the gun at the employees sitting in the back

The British ambassador to Mexico (and to Chile from 2009 to 2014) was removed from office after a video circulated online in which he jokingly pointed a suspected high-powered rifle at his staff, causing controversy.

In the video, diplomat Jon Benjamin can be seen sitting in the front seat of a vehicle, pointing a gun at staff sitting in the back. The video was reportedly filmed during a trip by Benjamin to the northern Mexican state of Durango.

“Benjamin, a career diplomat, was dismissed as ambassador shortly after the incident in April,” the Financial Times reported, citing anonymous people familiar with the matter. The colleague sitting in the back was a local staff member, it added.

The British government responded to questions from news agencies about the incident: “We are aware of this incident and have taken appropriate action. If internal issues arise, the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) has robust staff processes in place to resolve them.”

The government website states on Benjamin's biography page that he was its ambassador to Mexico “from 2021 to 2024,” but does not provide further details.

Benjamin's LinkedIn profile says his Mexico City assignment ended in May and he is currently “in transition”. Before his Mexico assignment, he represented the UK in Chile, Ghana, Turkey, Indonesia and the United States.