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March 12, 1978
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Approved For Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000030066-0 Wilmington Delai are Journal Afar. 12, 1978 6 o c .. n tand 'd Out. Cas e 111L5_ 114: 21 /1 10 rD T lGe - e 17-17- ' By JOE TRENTO Stall Correspondent WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will not use the issue of national security to avoid prosecuting top ITT executives for alleged perjury and fraud charges in connection with their testimony about the company's role in Chile. Benjamin R. Civiletti told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that the Central Intelligence Agency has not invoked national security nor has it asked the Jus- tice Department to refrain from prosecuting board chairman Har- old S. Geneen and other officials of International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. Civiletti is scheduled to return this week to face further question- ing on his nomination to be deputy attorney general. He has been act- ing in that post. According to Sen. James Abou- rezk. D-S.D., Civiletti told the committee that he "was aware of the April 2 (5-year) statute of limi- tations" on possible perjury charges against ITT executives and that "the CIA had made no issue out of the national security question" that the Justice Depart- ment says kept CIA Director Richard M. Helms from coming to trial. Helms pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress and was sentenced to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine. The jail time was suspended. Helms is the highest intelligence official ever convicted of a crime. Civiletti confirmed that the ITT executives had been. part of the same investigation, which began more than two years ago. The investigation stemmed from alle- gations of perjury before the 1973 Senate Foreign Relations Com- mittee about joint ITT-CIA efforts to destabilize the 1970 election campaign and later the regime of the late Chilean President Dr. Salvador Allende Gossens. Al- lende. a Marxist, was killed in a 1973 coup that installed a military dictatorship in Chile. Abourezk said Civiletti had "committed the administration under oath to the fact that the national security argument wouldn't be used as an excuse to get these guys off the hook." The ITT executives and some lower-level CIA officials are fac- ing multiple counts of fraud and perjury for allegedly lying to the foreign relations committee and to the arbitration panel that awarded ITT S92.1 million dollars in nationalization insurance for its losses in Chile. Abourezk believes the urosecu- tions of Gencen, ITT Vice Presi- dent Edward J. "Ned" Garrity and Robert Berellez. an ITT pub- lic relations executive. will "be announced by the secord'of April if Civiletti is selling the truth." The senator also said there are "CIA officials who Justice is still looking at, and they, according to Civiletti, will not have national security as a protection from prosecution either." Justice Department spokesman Robert L. Stevenson confirmed Civiletti's comments before - the Judicary Committee.- Abourezk says he "intends to pin down Civi- letti on this investigation and to make certain we know all about it. I don't want a repeat of the Richard Helms affair." Approved For Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000030066-0 `