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Approved For Release 2004/07/08: CIA-8M00988R000600230096-6 NEW YORK TIMES DATE: Page CHILEORDERS INQUIRY IN THE LETELIER CASE Government Concedes Two Sought by U.S. May Have Traveled on . Official Passports By JUAN de ONIS SDeciai to The New York Times SANTIAGO, Chile, March 6 -The Chi- lean military Government conceded today that official passports might have been issued to two men being sought for ques- tioning in the killing of the former For eiign Minister Orlando Leteker in Wash- ington. An official statement said that Presi- dent Augusto Pinochet had asked the Su- preme Court to appoint a special judge to investigate the case and had ordered the Foreign Ministry to cooperate. 'The United States State Department has forwarded to Santiago a request from the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia that two men, identified' as Juan Williams Rose and Alejandro Romerial Jama, be questioned knowledge of the killing of Mr. Letelier in August 1976. According to the United States Consul- ate here, visas good for six months were stamped in offioial Chilean passports bearing the names of the wanted men it July 1976 at the request of the Chilean Foreign Ministry. Meeting With Cubans Reported According to reports published In Washington, the two men traveled to the United States and met with Cuban exiles before the bombing of Mr. Letelier's car, apparently by remote control, whale he drove in Washington. Ambas- Mr. Letelier, who had served as sador in Washington before becoming Foreign Minister in the left-wing Govern- ment of the late President Salvador Al- lende Gossens, was allowed to leave Chile after being imprisoned by the military junta that seized power in September 1973. Once abroad, Mr. Letelier, a Socialist, became an active opponent of the mili- tary regime here and was deprived of has Chile= citizenship. The identity of the two men now being sought for questioning is a major issue off rail Chilean passports are presumed false. The man named Juan Williams Rose has been identified byy the news- paper El Mercurio as Michael Vernon Townley Welch, allegedly a North Ameri- can who was living in Chile during the Allende regime and was accused by the press in 1973 of being an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. The man named Romerall was identified today by the newspaper La Segunda as Rafael Undurrage Cruzat, a former naval officer and electronics expert working as production manager for a local electrical company. uot,n mi. iuwnley and Mr. Undurraga were active members of the right-wing xtremist organization known as Patria y Libertad, which opposed the Allende regime before it was overthrown. Some members of Patria y Libertad were incorporated into the secret intelli- gence agency, known as Dina, that Presi- dent Pinochet created in December 1973 to repress opposition to the military re- gime. The publicity given the request of the District of Columbia court, acting on in- formation gathered by the Department of Justice, for questioning of the two men has produced a sensation here. The whereabouts of the two is not known, but the appointment of a special judge to investigate the case is expected to produce a court order that they be brought forward. The Carter Administration has made it clear to Chile that failure to respond to the request for questioning of the two, routine procedure in judicial relations between the two countries, would lead tions. +~'"~ Object of Senate Inquiry WASHINGTON, March 6-The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investi- gated the activities of Michael Vernon Townley, who may be a key figure in the death of Orlando Letelier, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Sources familiar with the Intelligence Committee said that the committee re- ceived numerous allegations about a M chael Townley during its 1975 inquiry, but it could not establish whether he was an agent of the C.I.A. According to information received by the committee, Mr. Townley became ac- tive with conservatives in Chile in efforts to unseat former President Salvadore Al- lende Gossens. Department of Justice sources declined to comment on Mr. Townley's involve- ent, if any, in the Letelier death. U.N. Group Accuses Chile Special to The New York Tlme% GENEVA, March 6-The 32-member United Nations Human Rights Commis- sion today adopted a resolution co-spon- sored by the United States that said fla- grant violations of human rights contin- ued in Chile under the military regime of President Augusto Pinochet. Only Brazil, Panama and Uruguay voted against the resolution, which was also co-sponsored by Austria, Britain and Sweden. Four countries-Jordan, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Peru--abstained on technical grounds. The commission recognized that the number of political prisoners and of re- ported cases of torture were on the wane in Chile. However, it found that viola- tions of human rights remained "in some cases systematic and institutionalized." It expressed "concern and indignation" at the Chilean Government's failure to account for the disappearance of about 1,000 political prisoners and demanded that their fate be clarified "forthwith." In a second resolution, the commission urged the establishment by the General Assembly of a voluntary fund to assist persons imprisoned or forced to leave Chile it violation of their human rights. The vote was 21-3, with 6 abstentions, including the United States. Edward M. Mezvinsky, the United States representa- said that he had abstained because ti ve CI 'I Q 3,b19, 4