[Ed. – A new definition of cruise from hell]
An Italian teenager accused of raping a 17-year-old British girl on a cruise ship has been freed on a legal technicality because the alleged attack took place in international waters.
The suspect, aged 18, was arrested after she told Spanish police he forced her into his cabin on board the MSC Divina as it sailed through the Mediterranean on Thursday.
He was brought before a court in Valencia but the judge ruled that no further action could be taken, according to regional newspaper Levante-EMV.
As a result of a change to the law in 2009, international crimes can only be prosecuted if they involve victims or suspects living in Spain. The alleged attacker is believed to live in Italy and the ship is registered in Panama.
The judge suggested that authorities in Britain, Italy or Panama take up the case.