Former British Envoy to Ghana Jon Benjamin Fired Over Gun Misuse

By Majesty 3 Min Read

As a result of pointing an assault rifle at a local embassy employee, former British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin was fired.

This became apparent when video of the event was shared on social media. 

According to The Financial Times, while on a formal visit to Durango and Sinaloa, two states with significant organised crime populations, Jon Benjamin, the current British Ambassador to Mexico, glanced down the barrel of his revolver at a colleague, who made an uncomfortable gesture in the five-second video. 

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Former British Envoy to Ghana Jon Benjamin Fired Over Gun Misuse
Jon Benjamin

The diplomat was fired shortly after the April incident, and it is likely that the pistol belonged to the security detail who accompanied him.

An anonymous account on X, formerly known as Twitter, posted the video. “He dares to joke in a context of daily drug dealer killings in Mexico,” the account stated. 

With organised crime organisations vying for control of territory and companies throughout the nation, Mexico has had one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America for the past six years, with over 30,000 killings annually. 

The ambassadorial listing for Benjamin has been removed from the UK government website. After nearly forty years of service, he held positions in Chile, Turkey, Ghana, Indonesia, and the US before becoming the UK’s ambassador to Mexico in 2021. 

In response to a request for comment from the Guardian, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office informed the Financial Times, “We are aware of this incident and have taken appropriate action,” but did not immediately reply. 

When internal problems do occur, the FCDO’s HR procedures are strong enough to handle them. The second-biggest economy in Latin America, Mexico, and the UK have traditionally had friendly and uncontroversial diplomatic ties. 

Since 2022, talks have been underway to draft a new free trade deal. This Sunday, Claudia Sheinbaum is expected to become the first female president of Mexico, unseating Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the well-liked candidate from the same party. 

Violence has marred the campaign route, killing over thirty candidates and forcing hundreds more to withdraw as organised crime gangs compete to appoint benevolent leaders. 

In the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez, Guerrero, on Wednesday, the last day of the campaign, a shooter recorded himself shooting opposition mayoral candidate José Alfredo Cabrera dead before being shot by security.

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