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March 21, 1978
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Approved For Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030068-8 ?~'-" ARTICLE APPEARED _ NEB ORK DAILY NEWS ON ?AGE~_ 21 March 1978 _ ~ ~ By JOSEPH VOLZ S~'ashington (News Bureau}-The Justice Department yesterday charged two top officials of International Telephone & Telegraph Corp., Edward J. Gerrity, 54,, of Larchmont, N.Y., and Robert-Berrellez, 58, of,. Chatsworth, Calif., with lying to a Senate subcommittee ? in 19 i 3 about ITT's work with the CIA in Chile. ' The two men were charged with six . counts of perjury, obstructing govern- ment procedures and making false statements in connection with the -1973 investigation by a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee into ITT's activities.- in the 1970 pcbfikfntal election in Chile. Gerrity is a senior vice president and former chief lobbyist of the big conglomerate, and Berrellez is south- west regional public relations director and a former corporate official in Latin America_ Geneen Not Named ITT-Chairman Harold S. Geneen, who also had been a target in,the jus- Lice Department's- perjury investigation, was not named in yesterday's action, and the department said in a statement that "no other actions ... are contem- plated." As:~ed why Geneen, a major force in the formerly close cooperation between ITT and the CIA in Latin America, was not cited, -the acting deputy attorney general, Benjamin Civiletti; replied: "The law-doesn't depend upon (whether to prosecute) senior or junior officials, it depends upon the evidence_.? Civiletti also was asked: about the severity' of the felony charges placed against Gerrity and Derrellez in light of the Justice Department's -action in ac- cepting abargained "no ..contest" plea from former CIA Director Richard bi. wing from similar misleading or incor- rect testimony before the Senate sub- committee. Helms got, poly a $2,000 fine in that instance, and is now a consulant on Iranian affairs here. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Iran. In the Helms case, Civiletti said, the bargained plea was accepted because of fear that national security secitets might be disclosed if a trial were held. The two ITT officials did not have the same access to the nation's secrets a5 Helm's, he said. The. action against Garrity and Bsrrellez came on the last day that charges could be brought befaiye the five-year statute of limitations expired Geneen's case was within two weeks of that expiration date. Allthree m~~n testified at the Senate -subcommittee hearinbs that ITT had not acted in any substantive way to pre- vent the election of Rlarxist Salvador ' Allende hs president of Chile in 1970. Ge~en, for example, testified on April ~ 1, 1973, that he had twice offered .funds to the U.S. Government to be used against Allende but that the CIA de- I dined. i However, in late 1975, it was dis- closed that both the CIA and the ITT had funded Allende's election oppo- nents, and that ITT had given at least $350,000 to support Allende's opponents in the 1970 elections. Allende was killed in a September 1973 coup. If convicted on all counts, this maxi- mum penalty would be 30 years in prison amd $33,000 in fines for Gerrity and Berrellez. There is little likelihood of any such penalty, however, even upon conviction. , Approved For Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030068-8