AN 18-year-old who was accused of raping a British girl on a Mediterranean cruise has reportedly been released after a legal loophole was found.
The ship was due to dock at Valencia’s port in Spain hours after the alleged attack occurred.
The victim, 17, who was travelling with her parents, reported the incident whilst onboard the ship stating that she had been forced into her cabin where she was then raped.
Port authorities proceeded to alert the National Police and the court in Valencia, where the complaint was formalised.
The girl was taken to the La Fe Hospital where she was examined and further DNA tests were carried out inside the cabin.
However, the man has since been freed as the Spanish court could not claim jurisdiction over the crime as the alleged attacker has no residential address in the country.
Also, the alleged crime occurred in international waters on a Panamanian territory.
According to Spanish media, the judge has called on British, Italian and Panamanian authorities to investigate the allegations.