translated from Spanish: Consul is dismissed in Canada by sexual video; says he was extorted

Dario Alberto Bernal Acero, who served as consul in Ontario, Canada, left office after a video was broadcast on social media in which he appears masturbating in his office.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) indicated on an information card that called the Consul of Leamington after detecting the post on Twitter, where the video was broadcast since February 28.
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He explained that «as soon as the matter was known, the term of his commission was instructed at the Consulate, as well as his presence in Mexico City as soon as possible» and indicated that investigations were carried out in order to determine the corresponding responsibilities.

An official in the consular corps of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been involved in a scandal following sexual video disclosure, #Despierta with @daniellemx_ pic.twitter.com/0vVqr1vxGx
— Televisa News (@NTelevisa_com) March 4, 2021

The unit reported that it notified the Canadian authorities of the facts and reiterated its policy of «zero tolerance against acts of harassment and other conduct that violates the law or its Code of Ethics».
Exconsul accuses extortion
Through a letter sent to Reforma, the ex-consul noted that he was extorted for at least a year so that the video would not be broadcast, recorded without his consent in 2019.
«It has been used against me as part of an online extortion scheme, under the threat of making it public with accusations against me if I did not pay various sums of money at the whim of the one or those who put together the extortion,» he denounced.
It said it would present its case to the instances that so require and defend its integrity and reputation.
Bernal Acero holds a law degree and has served in the SRE as an adscribed consul in Abuquerque, New Mexico and Dallas, Texas, in the United States.
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