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41 TICLE ZPPEAREZ' ".. "".."""' ""'? A =Z. Approved For Release 2007/06/14: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100130006-4 .ON PAGEci iii&rcun 1yiu W ith erjun, bou'vChil' i wo 1i T 'Icials. -C-haruled OfJ 1. 8.. Wash:npton Bur;au of The Sun of the International Telephone and Tele- graph Corporation yesterday. but also in- dicated that it would not prosecute Harold S. Geneen. ITT's chairman. - Both Mr Geneen and the two men charged -Edward-- J Gerrity, Jr.,. 54. a senior vice president of ITT, and Robert Berrellez. 58. a regional public affairs of- ficial-have. been under investigation in connection with .testimony they gave to Congress in 1973, about ITT actions in Chile. ,.. Acting on the last day before the five- -year statute of limitations ran out against Mr Gerrity and Mr : Berrellez, federal prosecutors filed criminal informations against the two men in U.S District Court here The informations charge the two men with six felony counts each. A department press release then an- nounced. "No other actions arising from this investigation are contemplated." 'Since Mr Geneen was known to be under scrutiny in the same investigation, the statement appeared to rule out any action against him. The statute of limitations runs out for Mr Geneen April 1.. Last fall, in an earlier action arising out of the same investigation, the Justice Department permitted Richard M Helms, former director of the Central. Intellig- ence Agency, to plead no contest to a mis-. telligence subcommittee on secrecy, said yesterday's action proved "the Justice De- partment is no longer willing to throw up its hands and forego prosecution in sensi- tive national security cases." During their consideration of the Helms case, Justice Department officials repeatedly expressed concern that bring- ing the former CIA director to public trial could jeopardize national security. In seeking to defend himself, they reasoned, Mr. Helms might ask to make use of high- ly confidential information about high-lev- el government deliberations and covert operations. Last week, Adm. Stansfield Turner, the present CIA director, met with Griffin B. Bell, the Attorney General, apparently to discuss the CIA's concerns with prosecu- tion of any of the ITT officials. But the meeting failed to deter Mr. Bell from pro- ceeding against Mr. Gerrity and Mr. Ber- Both Mr. Helms and the ITT officials were called before the Senate Foreign Re- lations Committee's subcommittee on multinational corporations in 1973 to re- spond to allegations that the CIA and ITT had worked to prevent the election of Sal- vador Allende Gossens as president of Chile in 1970. Mr. Allende. a Marxist, was elected in 1970. but three years later was over- Dended sentence in connection with his thrown and killed during a successful coup aaaaw u+a aaw,a aaacu yc~aca u.a~ j. t;niie to l;ongreS5ln 17/_3.. .1 . a tic Thus, the result ofthe Justice Depart- charge that Mr. Gerrity and Mr.. Berrellez ment's investigation is that the ITT chair- provided Congress with false or mislead- ; man and the farmer CIA director will not ing? information about money which ITT be prosecuted on felony charges, but.that spent in Chile at the time of the 1970 elec- two to>:er,ranung ITT officials will [ions ? ' ? - " Mr Gerrity, of Larchmont, N.Y. was Both`ftieh are also charged with mak_. charged with three counts of perjury, one ing false statements in June, 1974, before count of subornation of perjury, one count a panel of arbitrators of the American Ar- of making false statements and one count bitration Association, which was examin- of obstructing government proceedings If ing a dispute between an ITT subsidiary convicted on all six counts, he would face and the Overseas Private Investment Cer- up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to poration. ITT subsequently was paid back $23,000. _:,,,- ...:?: by OPIC for financial losses on its invest- Mr Berrellez, of Chatsworth, Calif., menu in Chile. J IT-i's manager of public relations and civ- Both Mr. Berrellez and Mr. Gerrity 1 il affairs for the corporation's southwest must enter pleas in response to the infor- Approved For Release 2007/06/14: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100130006-4 will be found innocent.". ""- ? ... t---- 1.D D: perjury, one count of conspiracy, one count of obstructing government proceed- ings and one count of making a false state- ment. If convicted on all the counts, he could face up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $26.000.,-. In New York city, an ITT spokesman said last night the two-indicted officials "both continue to serve as valued execu- tives of ITT We. are fully confident they Washington-The Justice Department : den, Jr. Q. Del.), who heads a Senate in- STAT