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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030010-1 BALTIl1-IO~E N ~~~~ ~ r~n~ out Cif data ~~ drop c~~e, U.S. ~o~~ Washington (AP)-The perjury prose- cution of Robert 13errellez, a corporation executive, came to au atrupt halt yes`.er?~ day when a federal judge gave the govern- ment six days to decide which it wants more, a trial or the protection of Central Intelligence Agency secrets. The judge, Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., of the District Court, dismissed the jury of four men and eight wome~~ and gave fed- eral prosecutors until Monday to decide whether to go forward with the case. " 14ir. 13errellez, a 58-year-old public af- fairs officer and expert on I:atin America for the International Telephone & Tele" graph Company, is accused of lying to a Senate panel about attempts by I. T. T. and the CIA to stop Salvador Allende, a Marxist, from becoming president of Chile iu 1y70. The government is charging that the corporation and the intelligence agency conspired to give false testimony about their activities in Ghile. The iBerrellez case is one of a series in which the government has been faced with the delicate choice of going ahead with a prosecution while running the risk of dis- closing secrets of intelligence gathering and covert activities. Moaday, for example, the Justice De- partment won permission to remove three acts from the conspiracy count of its charges against Tvlr. Eerrellez. One involved a meeting between an un- indicted co-conspirator in the case and llernan Cubillos, a former Chillean news- paperexecutive who is now Chile's foreign mtnlster. Earlier the government excised a num- ber of the counts in ,a perjury charge against another I. T. T. executive, also nn grounis that presenting public testimony about them would expose national securi- tysecrets. Last year a public perjury trial of Ri- chard M. Helms, a former CIA director, was averted when he was permitted to plead no contest to a reduced charge of failing to tell the whole truth to a Senats Foreign Relations subcommittee investi- gating the conduct of U.S. multinational corporations. Again the case revolved around testi- monyabout the CIA, I. T. T. and the Chile- an elections, bir. Helms was subsequently fined 52,000 and atwo-year prison term was suspended. In a separate but related development yesterday, federal J~dg~ Barrington Par? ker refused for the second time to accept a Justice Department plea-bargaining .agreement with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation to settle an overseas bribery charge without identifying the country or official allegedly bribed. - Judge Parker acted after reviewing se- cret information on the case. Westing- house had agreed to plead guilty and pay a x300,000 fine on 30 counts of making false statements to U.S. agencies that financed construction projects in the unidentified country. Fre C~~o~t~ c~1t ~1oti ~~ ~: tReut ~) f~~o jtsemb~rs of,~ar- liament sought t>a end~aptisl ~usbment }rl~,Fr~.~c~yes't~fday by~u;ting fundsfor th~`44aipt anci!aof `thy g ~~ loii ~ , ~inov,.. first triecy 70`y~ar~,ag~ ~(~ Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030010-1