It was a year ago this week that Mexican bandits, probably belonging to a drugs cartel, seized the conductor Rodolfo Cazares who works with a German orchestra in Bremerhaven. His family have paid four separate ransoms. They have been given no proof that he is alive.
Two Mexican governments have turned a blind eye. World leaders who visited Mexico have failed to take up his cause. The Pope has not responded. The French government have given Rodolfo citizenship (his wife, Ludivine, is French) and are making commendable efforts on his behalf.
Riccardo Muti has promised to take up the case with the authorities when he visits Mexico with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in October.
Until Rodolfo is released, Mexico must be regarded by the civilised world as a lawless state. Tourists and business people should avoid going there. Any musician who is required to perform there has a moral duty to raise the case of the kidnapped ocnductor in every interview and from every stage. The continued incarceration of an innocent man is an affront to civilisation.
The latest update, in a North German newspaper, suggests that Rodolfo may be a victim of mistaken identity. Whatever the cost, he must be set free.