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NEW YO prT Id1E For Release 2004/10/12 : CIA- DATE IT 009/"v "~. 2000090068-7 Page AS2 THE NEW YORK TIMES,, Lr4L1L\6e11 0, LY10 Chilean Court Investigates Death Of Diplomat Tied to Jr etelier Case SANTIAGO, Chile, March 7-A Chilean diplomat who might have identified two men wanted for questioning in the bomb- ing that killed former Foreign Minister Orlando -Letelier in Washington died five months ago under mysterious circum- stances. The diplomat, Guillermo Osorio, had signed a request to the United States Embassy here that diplomatic visas be granted to two teen carrying official passports issued by his office. The passports, with false names, were used by two men who entered the United States in July 1976 and who are suspect- ed of having arranged with Cuban exiles to blow up Mr. Letelier's car in Septem- ber. The exiled Mr. Letelier was an active opponent of the military regime here. A Federal court in Washington asked Chile's judicial authorities to question the two men who used the passports. The Chilean Supreme Court granted the re- quest late yesterday and a member of the court will be appointed to carry out the questioning. Identity of Men Not Known By JUAN de ONIS Special to The New York Tlmes The identity of the two men, however, is not known. The. names on the pass- ports, Juan Williams Rose and Alberto Romerad Jara, are false. A man named in the local press as being one of them on the basis of photographs has denied any involvement. Rafael Undurraga Cruzat, an electronics technician reported to be the man named as Alberto Romeral Jara, said he had never been in the Unit- ed States. The other supposed missing person, Michael Townley, was reported ,to be in Santiago, but has not made a public appearance. The death of Mr. _Osorio is the subject of a court inquiry. According to legal sources, 'the death certificate gave the cause of death as a heart attack. Anew autopsy was ordered after members of his family said he had been shot in the head, and the body has been exhumed. The day the diplomat died in his bed- room he had been to an official,, lunch for visitin?; Peruvian military autligrities. According to his wife, he came home ac- companied by Gen. Juan Manuel Con- treras Sep ilveda, who was then the head of Chile's National Intelligence Director- ate. Family nembers -said he had been in good spiris up to the day of his death, particularl T after having been told he was to be appointed to'an important am- bassadorsl ip. Reports at the time that he had Co omitted suicide were not dis- pelled by the death certificate, which was issued by the Chilean Forensic Institute. Departr? ent of Justice investigators in Washinton inquiring into Mr. Letelier's death bel eve tha the 'two bearers of -the passpc its were agents of Chile's se- cret intelligence service., .then under orders of 3eneral Contreras. The general is now a I igh official in the Army Minis- try and i close advilser to .President Augusto P nochet. Approved For Release 2004/10/12 : CIA-RDP81 M00980R002000090068-7