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Mexico pulls ambassador from Buenos Aires after being caught red handed

Tuesday, December 10th 2019 - 13:52 UTC
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Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Monday ordered the prompt return of Ambassador Oscar Ricardo Valero Recio Becerra from his Argentina commission after surveillance footage caught the diplomat red-handed trying to shoplift a nine-US-dollar book from an iconic Buenos Aires bookstore.

 “If it is verified that the video is true, [Valero] will be separated from his position immediately. Zero tolerance for dishonesty,” posted Ebrard on Twitter.

The incident took place on October 26 at around 1.30 pm and it became publicly known this Sunday past after the videos were released.

Valero is now to appear before the Foreign Ministry's Ethics Committee and faces dismissal. But President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for the career diplomat not to be “lynched,” adding that “we all make mistakes.”

AMLO also pointed out that it will be up to the Foreign Ministry to decide on the future if the 76-year-old Valero, who is said to belong to the President's closest circle.

The El Ateneo store, formerly a theatre, claims to be the largest bookstore in the world, where it became notorious on November 28 last year when France's President Emmanuel Macron chose it for one of his stops during his tour of Buenos Aires as he attended the 2018 G20 Summit.

Valero allegedly “tried to steal” the biography of Giacomo Casanova, where Guy Chaussinand-Nogaret narrates “in detail his adventurous life of seducer, secret agent, con artist, traveler, magician and player.”

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  • imoyaro

    Funny. Looks like he “went native”...

    Dec 10th, 2019 - 10:30 pm 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    This story has got kleptomania written all over it. Sad really.

    Dec 11th, 2019 - 10:39 pm 0
  • Think

    Mr. Jo Bloggs...

    Indeed it has...
    In Scandinavia..., we used to have a Queen Mother afflicted with that disorder...
    Everybody knew..., and at the end of her usual shop (lifting) excursions..., a pre-designed sweet young salesgirl would kindly offer the old lady to replace the things she had “forgotten” in her bag...
    We all loved her....

    Dec 12th, 2019 - 07:34 am 0
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