ALGERIA: Ex-CIA Chief In Algeria Sentenced To Five Years For Rape

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
World Tribune
Northern Africa
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The former CIA chief in Algeria has been sentenced to jail for raping an Arab woman.

Andrew Warren, regarded as a leading CIA official based in the Middle East, was sentenced to five years and five months for sexual and drug abuse. Warren, 43, pleaded guilty to drugging an Algerian woman and then raping her.

On March 23, Warren was sentenced on charges of abusive sexual contact and unlawful use of cocaine while possessing a firearm. Federal District Judge Ellen Huvelle also sentenced Warren to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term.

In June 2010, Warren pleaded guilty to the charges. Officials said the CIA won the cooperation of Algerian authorities that facilitated the investigation, including testimony by the woman.

The Algerian woman was said to have testified to U.S. federal agents that Warren raped her during a party in the U.S. embassy in Algiers in February 2008. The woman was given a drink that contained a drug that rendered her unconscious.

"Additionally, Warren admitted that on April 26, 2010, he unlawfully used cocaine while possessing a Glock, 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol in Norfolk, Va.," the Justice Department said.

Officials said the case did not harm U.S. relations with Algeria. Over the last decade, Algeria has become a leading counter-insurgency partner of the United States, particularly against Al Qaida.