A BRITISH teenager was raped on board a cruise with her family – but a judge released the suspected attacker because it was on international waters.
The 17-year-old girl claimed the man forced her into his cabin before attacking her on the Panamanian-flagged vessel.
She raised the alarm and cops arrested an 18-year-old Italian man when the ship docked in Valencia in Spain and he was taken to court.
But according to Levante EMV, the teen was freed by a judge who concluded he did not have jurisdiction to probe the alleged attack.
Under reforms to Spanish law, the judge had to let the Italian go because the alleged crime was committed by a foreigner on another foreigner in Panamanian territory and international waters.
It is now hoped the judge will urge three countries – Panama, the UK – where the complainant lives – and Italy – to take action.
He is believed to have been released on Thursday night but his whereabouts are currently unknown.
The alleged attack is said to have taken place at around 5am on Thursday, when the cruise liner was heading from Palma to Valencia.
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It docked in Valencia around two-and-a-half hours later and left just after 4pm for Marseille without the suspect on board.
The teenager was examined at Valencia’s La Fe Hospital with DNA tests carried out on the cabin where she was allegedly raped and on the clothes she was wearing at the time.
Sun Online has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.