UN experts have asked Saudi Arabia and Turkey for details about their investigations into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and are waiting for an answer.
This was stated today by Bernard Duhaime, president of the United Nations working group on Forced or Involuntary Disappearances, which has launched an "urgent procedure" on the case.
That procedure has been initiated in response to a request from representatives of the Khashoggi family, Duhaime explained at a press conference.
Although such actions are usually confidential, the expert said that in this case he could confirm it, given that the victim's representatives have spoken publicly about his request.
"We have asked the authorities for an explanation, in particular about how they are proceeding to investigate the situation," Duhaime said.
He said the group expects a quick response from both Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The expert defended the need for an "independent" investigation, but did not want to comment on the investigations in progress, so as not to prejudge anything.
Duhaime also warned that the case of the Saudi journalist is another example of a "worrying practice" by states that carry out "kidnappings" of people outside their borders.
"These kidnappings occur with or without the consent of the host country and although in most cases the victims reappear in detention after a short period, in others they are still missing, as in the recent shocking case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," he said.
The journalist disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consultation in Istanbul.
According to various press reports, citing Turkish sources and recordings, Khashoggi was tortured, beheaded and dismembered within the diplomatic mission.