British teenager, 17, "is raped after being pushed into her cruise ship cabin" while vacationing with her parents in the Mediterranean
- It is alleged that the 17-year-old victim was pushed into a cubicle and raped Cruise ship
- An Italian man arrested for rape was released on a law technicality
- He was released by a judge who said he has no jurisdiction to investigate the crime
A British teenager was raped on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean when she was having a holiday with her parents, it is claimed.
The regional newspaper Levante EMV said the 17-year-old victim traveling with her parents told the police that her sex offender had forced her into his cabin before she raped her.
An Italian who was arrested for alleged rape on the ship was released on legal grounds.
A British teenager was raped on the cruise ship MSC Divina (picture) in the Mediterranean when she was on holiday with her parents. The ship was docked at 11:35 in Port Valencia (picture) and departed shortly after 16:00 on the same day for Marseille, without the suspect on board, but with the Briton and her parents.
The arrest took place on Thursday when the ship docked in the Spanish city of Valencia after the captain informed the port authorities about an incident on board and alerted the police.
The suspect, an 18-year-old man living in Italy, was arrested when he returned to the Panamanian flagship ship after a day's tour of Valencia.
However, he was released from a compulsory tribunal in the city designated by Levante EMV as Investigation Court No. 15, after the judge concluded that he had no authority to investigate the alleged crime.
The newspaper said that the unidentified judge will now petition three countries – Panama, the UK, where the complainant lives – and Italy to take action.
News of the arrest and subsequent release of the detainee – first reported by Levante EMV – was also reported by other Spanish newspapers.
The release was linked to reforms of the application of the doctrine of universal jurisdiction in Spain. In Spain, it was alleged that the judge had to dismiss the Italian because the alleged crime had been committed on another foreigner in Panamanian territory and in international waters.
Levante EMV reported that the judge could only claim jurisdiction in the case if the Italian detained lived in Spain and arrested so that the courts could determine if this was the case before they found out by check that: he had no residential address in the country.
The sex attack is said to have taken place on Thursday at 5 clock in the morning when the cruise ship from the Mallorcan capital Palma drove to Valencia.
The ship docked in Port Valencia at 7.35 am and left for Marseilles shortly after 4.00 pm on the same day, without the suspect on board, but with the British girl and her parents.
It was investigated in a rape protocol at La Fe Hospital in Valencia. DNA tests are also said to have taken place in the cabin where the alleged sex attack took place, and on the Briton's clothes for analysis at the Valencia Forensic Medicine Institute.
The detainee is said to have been released on Thursday night. He was not named and his whereabouts today / yesterday (SUN) was unknown.
None of the courts or the police in Valencia was immediately available for comment.
A well placed source said the ship's captain had done everything that was appropriate.
She said this involved "having the Port Authorities cleared up in Valencia" and allowing the police to board the ship so they could search the cabin where the alleged sex assault took place
She said the captain also made sure that relevant potential evidence could be taken.
Spain pioneered the application of the doctrine of universal jurisdiction after it was transposed into national law in 1985.
The doctrine allowed the judges to negotiate certain cases of crimes against humanity that took place in other countries.
The most famous use of the doctrine took place in 1998, when Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet was briefly arrested in London on charges of warrants issued by a Spanish judge.
It was changed in 2009 and further restricted in 2014.
The Spanish government recently said it wants to re-establish doctrine and expand the law to accept economic, financial and environmental crimes.