CTV News is reporting two men accused of blackmailing Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement have been arrested in the Ivory Coast.

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Photo: Blackmailing suspects CH and DML courtesy of the Ivory Coast cybercrimes unit.

CTV says sources confirm that the arrests made last month by the Ivory Coast cybercrimes unit are linked to the Clement case.

The two men are accused of posing as a woman online and blackmailing Clement after he sent them explicit photos.

The pair then demanded 50,000 euros equal to $75,000 Canadian.

Clement admitted in the fall that he sent the pictures thinking the pair was a consenting woman.

CTV News is also reporting that government officials in the Ivory Coast are alleging the two men created accounts on Instagram and LinkedIn using fake profiles pretending to be a white woman named “Brianna Dounia”.

Officials also allege the pair used the accounts to communicate with Clement and a French citizen.

In a November press release, The Parry Sound-Muskoka MP apologized to his family for the pain he has caused them and recognized he has gone down the wrong path and exercised poor judgment, saying “I am committed to seeking the help and treatment I need in my personal life to make sure this will not happen again while also continuing to discharge my duties as a Member of Parliament”.

A Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka since 2006, Clement was removed from the federal Conservative party caucus in November by leader, Andrew Scheer and now serves as an independent MP on Parliament Hill.

  • With files from CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Joyce Napier and CTVNews.ca.