The wife of the missing president of Interpol has said her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared during a trip to their native China.
Making her first public comments on the mystery surrounding Meng Hongwei’s whereabouts, Grace Meng told reporters in Lyon, France – where Interpol is based – that she thinks the knife was her husband’s way of trying to tell her he was in danger.
She said she has had no further contact with him since the message that was sent on September 25.
She said four minutes before Mr Meng shared the image, he sent a message saying “wait for my call”.
Mr Meng’s wife said he had travelled back to China for work.
“His job is very busy,” she said. “We connected every day.”
Mr Meng is a senior Chinese security official as well as president of the International Criminal Police Organisation.
The Lyon-based international police agency said on Saturday it has used law enforcement channels to inquire with China about Mr Meng’s status.
Mrs Meng would not speculate on what might have happened to him. Asked if she believed that he has been arrested, she said: “In China, what happened, I’m not sure.”
She read a statement during her press conference in Lyon but would not allow reporters to show her face, saying she feared for her own safety and the safety of her two children.