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Witnesses silent in 'plot' case

TWO witnesses refused to answer questions last week at Harrisburg. Pennsylvania, before the Grand Jury which earlier indicted Fr. Phillip Berrigan and others on charges of plotting a kidnap and bombing.

The jury went into recess indefinitely after a housewife and a Catholic priest — both previously granted full immunity from prosecution — refused to answer questions.

The housewife, Mrs. Patricia Chanel. 41, of Silver Spring, Maryland, refused to answer under the constitutional bar

against possible self-incrimination. The priest, Fr. J. William Michclman, of Baltimore, said ''priestly confidence" prevented his answering any questions.

The Grand Jury charged Fr. Berrigan, two other Baltimere priests, a man described as a former priest, a nun and a Pakistani scholar with conspiracy to kidnap the Presidential adviser, Mr. Henry Kissinger, and blow up government buildings' heating systems in Washington.


Mrs. Chanel told the Grand Jury to subpoena Mr. J. Edgar Hoover, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director, and Mr. Kissinger himself to answer its questions --"since they know a lot more about it than I do."

Last month Sister Jogues Egan, 51, a Catholic nun, was jailed for four days for contempt of court for a similar refusal to answer the Grand Jury's questions. Her sentence is under appeal.

Mrs. Chanel and Fr. Michelman were excused indefinitely, and no decision on possible contempt in their cases will be made until the appeal on Sister Egan's sentence is complete.

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