Jurisdiction over international waters allows rape suspect to be released

A young woman was raped on a cruise ship, however, when the alleged attacker was brought before a court, he was released as the attack occurred in international waters. 

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
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Why this story matters:

An Italian teenager allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl on a cruise last week. When the boy was taken to the police in Valencia, Spain the judge has released him without charge as the attack occurred in international waters.

The victim, a young British woman on holiday with her family, has stated that she was forced into the attacker's cabin in the early hours of the morning, where she was raped.

The ship, the MSC Divina, was registered in Panama, the alleged attacker was Italian, and the young woman, British.  As neither of the involved parties was Spanish or residing in Spain, the judge ruled he could not precede any further; explicitly stating that he hoped British, Italian or Panamanian authorities would intervene in his place.

Details from the story:

  • The man, believed to be 18 years of age, was arrested and taken to the police in Valencia.
  • The woman was taken to La Fe Hospital when the ship docked in Valencia.
  • Cruise authorities have said they are fully cooperating with authorities.
  • DNA samples were taken from the woman’s clothes and from on-board the ship.  
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