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Who Hired The Retired Army Officer To Kill Lasantha, Or Was The Suicide Note A Plant?

The suicide of the retired Army Officer, who claimed to have killed Sunday Leader Founder Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, has resulted in new questions being asked, even before answers to the old questions were found.

The most burning question that is currently being asked is who gave orders to the 51 year old retired Army Officer to kill Wickrematunge, and if he was re-employed by the main culprits after his retirement to carry out the assassination. The Army Officer retired in 2007; however Wickrematunge was murdered in 2009. Therefore, the biggest question is who hired him, and which unit in the Army rehired him.

Lasntha with Ex-President Mahinda and Justice minister Wijeyadasa

Lasantha with Ex-President Mahinda and Justice minister Wijeyadasa

The officer who had committed suicide in his home at Kegalle had left a very unemotional note stating ‘to whom it may concern’ –claiming he had killed Lasantha, and it was not Premananda Udalagama, who is currently in remand for his alleged involvement to the Wickrematunge murder.

However, what analysts point out is that, usually when a person commits suicide due to remorse, then his letter will contain some sort of an emotional factor, and will never be drafted in a formal tone, using terms such as ‘to whom it may concern.’

“After all, the army officer who committed suicide is a father, he had children, he would have at least had some sort of remorse because he had to leave them behind,” an analyst pointed out.

Another point that was highlighted is to verify if the hand writing was in fact the retired Army officer’s handwriting or whether the note was a plant.

It was also noted that the CID should now grill Udalagama and verify if he in fact knew the retired army officer, and if the army officer visited Udalagama in prison.

“If he committed suicide due to remorse, has he confessed his crime of killing Wickrematunge to any of his family members?” the analyst questioned.

However, the most important point is that not one, but at least two motorcycles followed Wickrematunge on the day he was killed, and then how can the retired Army officer alone take the blame for the murder, because there were other men present at the scene according to the eye witnesses.

“How come he never mentioned the names of the other men who were part of the group,” the analyst questioned.

“Was this a red herring to close the case? Were the officers investigating the murder onto more and did the perpetrators and those who gave orders aware of the progress?,” he asked.

Just mid this week, President Maithripala Sirisena came to the defence of army officers despite them committing criminal offences. “The President’s statement was made only a couple of days before the so called suicide. Certainly the tone and substance of the President’s statement should have given some form of mental relief to those who committed the murders of Lasantha and Prageeth Ekneligoda, since the suspects are all from the Army. Given that, was there a necessity to commit suicide?,” the analyst asked.

“Whoever did introduce that suicide note (which appears to be a plant) must accept that more questions have been raised than answers. Was it suicide in the first place? Did money money exchange hands? Surely the CID and Courts would ask the same questions?,” he added.

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    CT Editor

    “Who Hired The Retired Army Officer To Kill Lasantha, Or Was The Suicide Note A Plant?”

    Intelligence operatives never retire, they simply die.

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      Native Vedda,

      “Whoever did introduce that suicide note (which appears to be a plant) must accept that more questions have been raised than answers. Was it suicide in the first place? Did money money exchange hands? Surely the CID and Courts would ask the same questions?,” he added.”

      The answer is floating in the Bulath Vines, Vettila Viies and Grape Vines..

      …From Vine News…about Gon Gamarala’s speech..

      Reason behind president’s inflammatory speech known ! Impeachment imminent as attempts are made to rescue criminals !

      Lanka Vine News inside information division has been able to track down the reason behind yesterday’s odious and offensive speech of president Maithripala Sirisena which compromised the Independent Commissions including the Police Commission ; criticized the judicial process and sought to rescue the rogues and criminals. This speech was so outrageously inflammatory that it was tantamount to the president voluntarily consuming a cyanide capsule to commit political suicide.

      The investigations into three main and ghastly murders committed by the deposed and discarded Rajapakses during the nefarious decade have by now reached the final stage. The three murders are : Lasantha’s, Ekneliyagoda’s and Thajudeen’s.

      The criminals responsible for the three murders have been identified , and the crucial question now is , who gave these criminal orders ? What remains is to track down this culprit . Even the telephonic discussion for over an hour that was exchanged at Temple Trees at 1.00 a.m in connection with Ekneliyagoda murder had been uncovered .

      Already 11 reports have been furnished to court by all the intelligence and security divisions that Ekneliyagoda had no links whatsoever with the Tiger organization. Hence this was a clear political murder committed by the Rajapakses . Now investigations are at the final stage , and all what remains to be uncovered is , with evidence ascertain who are the Rajapakses who gave the instructions supported by evidence .

      Maithripala Sirisena made his explosive ‘cyanide speech’ and advanced stealthily in order to save the murderous Rajapakses.
      Based on reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division , it is a most infamous political Bhikkhu ,and a notorious wheeler dealer minister who sleeps with the Rajapakses on the same mattress who have instilled the necessary ‘poison’ into Maithri and got him round to blabber as he did yesterday . Maithripala who suffers from puerile drives and loses his sane thinking power more often than not , had fallen prey to the poison and destructive proposals , going by his thoughtless and senseless speech yesterday .

      No matter what ,yesterday’s ridiculous speech of Maithripala was tantamount to turning his back on the very masses that steered him to victory on 2015-01-08, and forcibly displaying his hideous back and bottom to them despite their stubborn refusal to see that ugly sight. Indeed the whole country has been provoked by his speech , and Maithripala has incurred the absolute displeasure of the entire population. Never has a leader earned so much wrath and curse of a nation in just a night , and tarnished his image this much.

      In the event of Maithripala taking the step of bringing the ministry of law and order under his purview or resorts to some other disastrous self destructive action , that will be the beginning of the end of Maithripala with an impeachment motion in parliament staring in his face.

      The political parties , Civil and professional forces, and pro good governance masses that steered him to victory were hitherto doing everything to save him as long as he was against the murderers , the corrupt and rogues , and discharging his tasks accordingly , have now realized , he is truly protecting and shielding those very criminals most traitorously . Under the present circumstances it is certain not even a dog in the street will come to his rescue .It is hoped Maithripala will take serious note of this warning .

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        Amarasiri,

        “Maithripala who suffers from puerile drives and loses his sane thinking power more often than not , had fallen prey to the poison and destructive proposals , going by his thoughtless and senseless speech yesterday”

        And Rajapakshas staged a fitting Destroy-Night-Club prelude using Daham the ignorant, stupid My3 brat before the grand finale of deranging the mind of My3 the Gramasevaka Gamarala making him commit political suicide swallowing Rajapaksha cyanide! I guess there are a number of Rajapaksha secret agents infiltrated into Daham’s security squad-Rajapakshas are well adapt to these tactics. Poor Gamarala….!

        On the contrary, look at RW who seems quite unfluttered, calm and composed! What a clever, scheming political craftsman we have as the virtual leader of our country! Sri Lanka must be proud of him! Media reports it that RW has said “to carry out usual”! And that is it, nothing will happen despite My3’s lamentations. My3 will resort to damage control and drift along with UNP’s machinations! RW has made it sure that the country has to move along only in the one and sole path and rules dictated by him! While almost all the countries in the world where dictators have been got rid of are unable to move forward in a constructive way, SL is day by day becoming successful in her progressive endeavours. Now with My3’s recent cyanide utterances the credit for this success story for My3 has gone out of the window becuase we now know with whom My3 stands out and sleeps. The sole uncontested winners for SL’s present success are RW, his party, his genuine team of political comrades, the real UNPers who have bowed down their heads and embarked on the Yahapalanaya Journey, the neutral supporter of whatever political affiliation and the civil activists who have been very active and vociferous politically extending critical support to the Yahapalanaya. In the eyes of the international politics ones notorious SL under Rajapaksha rule is now the crucible and the test case of politcal research on how a failed state can recover and integrate with the rest of the civilized world! Congratulate to you all! Congratulate to RW who has been the pillar of inexhaustible strength, resourcefulness and experience that made this march possible!

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      Prior to 08th Jan 2015, we criticised, the minister Hakeem, but the current man does the same.

      Actually, I really dont know why lanken men cant do their job well. They have flawed argument when questioning about not to have achieved anything sofar.

      I am speechless. Had the late Sobitha thero been here, he would have fallen sick being unable to see, any of the SHARKs have been jailed yet.

      I undrestand the disparity of the civil society group s by now.

      PM stays mum
      Prez stays mum

      So what is the next step ?

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    One thing for sure is Gota is still active and his loyalists are still in strong positions.

    He is out of the country but Thursday alert on police and my3 to make strong statement regarding the security personnels.

    And retired army officer’s suicide left lot of cover ups.am guessing if the family is in good financial stable wife wouldn’t need to go abroad to work and leave the children.to make her that choice he must have earned the trust from her.he even gone to school to drop the child in the morning.

    What ever it is my3 also from previous régime anyway.and trusted by Maharaja.Don’t think he put his loyal a side.

    That’s my take on this may be wrong.and the next door neighbour spot it on.

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    There was a nice phrasing by one critic, I do not remember the name.

    Mithripala Sirisena was Mithripala Rajapakshe till January 8th, and became Mithripala Sirisena from 9th Jan. After 21 months into power he again has donned Mithriplala Rajapakshe status. What an illustration of events.

    We are doomed and cursed as a Nation, welcome to the politically motivated killing field.

    Money and Murder, what a deadly combination. God Father part two, not by Alpacino this time, first being MARA, second by Mithripala Rajapakshe.

    How many more need to die to protect the murderous MARA Family.

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    Master plan of Wije dasaya Rajapakse , the so called min of injustice! !!!

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    Justice minister should be resigned.

    He has no control over anything. He seems not to be making any genuine efforts in the current investigations go serving justice.

    We need fearless men to bringall the culprits in to jails.

    So long murderous Rajaakshes are allowed to scot free, they would handle any new murders to protect them.
    That is the case behind the NEW SUICIDE reported yesterday. No any father with a sane head would leave their kids that way, should have been a deal wit that family – allowing them big sums if he would commit suicide.

    One should also compare the hand writing of the dead, to know if the man has himself written the notice left – in which say, he was the killer of the Lasanth W.

    Also need to compare the phone and all the communications the man had prior to death – with whom etc to trace the reality story
    I have no doubt, Gota and the men are behind that for sure.

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    The questions raised by the writer are valid and any investigation has to follow up on them.
    But will the investigators have to get Sirisena’s permission to follow suite-like in the inglorious days of MR?

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    Exactly these are and many more questions arise. The plot to murder Lasantha no doubt was planned and executed by powerful influential forces; but now it appears there is another well-planned plot to completely cover-up the issue.

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    This so called suicide is the biggest clowning in the whole drama.
    Any decent investigative team will call it kid stuff.
    A man who wants to own up to a murder will not leave an official suicide note addressed whom it may concern. He will have to only go to the police and own up giving the details of who contracted him.
    How did he even get his “friend’s” name wrong as Malinda instead of Premananda?
    Was it really a suicide or a murder?
    Now not only we need hybrid judges we will need hybrid investigators.

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    It is quite possible that the reported suicide and the suicide note are part of a plan either to draw a red herring or cause the closure of the case. Maithri’s sudden transformation into a champion of war heroes, his covert attempts at reconciliation with MR through the mediation of two well known Buddhist monks and MR’s hint about the possibility of bringing a new regime to power through a change in the head count in Parliament seemingly cast a shadow of a major political event in the making.

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    Nobody hired him but people in power that time should take the blame. Lasantha never wrote anything against this re.tired army man but against you and the people who were involved in certain activities

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    Why would a person sitting safely at home, not being chased by the police, and at no risk being found out… kill himself?

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      Sithum,

      A very good question. The wife of the deceased and his children over 12 years should be drilled properly by CID and the truth will come
      out.
      Will they be allowed to question the family is another question.

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    DID the dead man realise so many years later that he committed a heinous crime by brutally killing an innocent man and out of break-of-heart that he ended his life? What happened to the other members of his family?? Were they given free ticket to watch some musical show elsewhere??? Well, some people are not only capable of making dead man to tell tales but they are capable of even making unborn to tell tales! When buried truths are emerging things are becoming COURIER AND COURIER!!!

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    It is an attempt to cover up and create a distraction to protect a network of killers…

    This establishes that this was not an individual who carried out the murder. It was a network that was behind the killing that is still out there and active and is being protected!

    this is bad news. there still are elements in this government covering up for criminals…

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    What a coincidence..!! Gota the Ripper out of the country .. surely he’s not involved in any of these events , now its time for Justice minister to make a note and hang himself. Bloody ‘Rogue Nation’ We are no fools Damn it..

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    These are the new techniques of our law enforcement organizations and political minded criminals: find a dead body, tie a label to its big toe with a forged confession note, then pass the culpability to murder of another person to the deceased. End of story!

    There will be many more suicide cases like this, yet to come to light. Hold your breath.

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    There is no doubt that the whole is a matter of covering-up the crimes of the former regime. The UNP and SLFP leaders are jointly working to do the cover-up. Such attempts have taken place bore and are continuing.

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    WELL & FINE SINCE DEAD MEN CARRY NO TALES….. BUT WHO GAVE THE GODDAMN ORDER!!???

    1/ Was he killed to mislead investigations?
    2/ Are our military officers COWARDS to take their own lives?
    3/ Are our military officers brave enough only to pull the trigger and not brave enough to face the music for their illegal actions?
    4/ This man couldn’t have planned or executed Lasantha’s murder all alone. Whom was he trying to protect?
    5/ Did the deceased have a history of life threatening ailments such as cancer, heart problems, HIV etc…. If that’s the case, wouldn’t it have been OK for a ‘dead man walking’ to take the fall?

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      This suicide shows that our military officers are COWARDS and they are only brave enough to kill innocent Tamil civilians in the North.

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    It seems that the President might do anything – even commit suicide – to save MARA & GOTA!

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      Suicide would be the best option, then perhaps RW will let the law take its course!!!

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    Some answers to suicide of the retired Army Officer sergeant major Edirisinghe Jayamanne,;-

    “””””” Me,Edirisinghe Jayamanne, My friend [Malinda] Premananda Udalagama and some of the selected killers from the military intelligence unit got orders from a VIP of the M O D to carry out the assassinations, with assurances for our safety from the LAW [manipulated, LOW] of Sri lanka]?????.
    .to kill Wickrematunge, abductions and disappearance of Prageeth ekneligoda, and so many Tamils, Muslims, many business men for ransoms money taking and share the loot with them.

    Now They Tell/told me
    “”to kill yourself or otherwise, we will expose every thing you have done without our consent to extort money and rapes and kill your whole family””.
    You Have Two Options.
    :Kill yourself and Save your family.
    ;We will put you and your family in Jeopardy, exposing your killings, Rapings, extortions, and later terminate all of your lives.??????

    SO HE CHOSE FIRST option.

    OR Somebody Terminated him for a big sum of bucks, from the orders of the EX VVVV I Ps to save the skins of their lot and put forced self handwritten note on his pocket??????.

    BUT NO MATCH for “ELEY COHEAN, the master spy, the great intelligence officer Of I D F, Greater ISRAEL???

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    This suicide note is clearly written by someone other than the retired Army Officer, who doesn’t know the name of any of his children or wife or not sure of their spelling. This whole suicide should be investigated thoroughly in view of the length someone had apparently gone to plant a suicide note.

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    It is becoming curiouser and curiouser. Now Court should get Duminda Silva’s head examined to see whether he had ever gone through head surgery. If not, all concerned who misled should be arrested, including Dr. Maheshi Wijeratne and probe as to the master mind behind all the Drama. Lasantha’s, Thajudeen’s, Prageeth’s, Raviraj’s and a whole lot of others. All leads, seem to point in the direction of Gota and I believe nothing can save him now. If Maithri govt does not allow it to happen, then some considerate should put some lead in to Gota for good.

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    The “Friend’s” name in the suicide note differs from the man’s name in custody. Surely a person who wants to help a friend will know his name. So what is the “Mystery”. Can we get down Mr. Gotabaya to identify the real man the contract was given, because both are Army Intelligence personnel. That so called “Defense Conference” was over in three days and what is he doing all this while in China? Did he know and waited till this retired army man wrote the suicide note and committed “suicide”? Well……well…. the whole “suicide” and “suicide note” are SMELLY. Rajapakse Regime “Systems” are still in operation, of course Yahapalanaya Guru spared of being dump eight feet underground. Is that day fast approaching and sensing it the GURU has summersaulted.

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    “‘to whom it may concern.’”

    Haaah hah hah haaaaa!

    Ammage redda! This is gross and hallmark Rajapakshas modus operandi. If proper inquest is carried out (not by that ata hora Ananda Samarasekara) hung on noose after murder or hung on noose while still alive and kicking will be the outcome! Gota being dragged to courts for judgement day preparations along with two forces two idiots, Sira squealing desperately, stupid SLFPers going haywire including padikkan monks with the grand finale of ranaviruwa hanging himself are all ominous signs that Rajapakshas are sinking! For Rajapakshs who allegedly blasted Salawa Armoury and jeopardized the lives within square kilometers around, who ordered shooting down innocent lives demanding drinking water, who sold the country to the China and plunged it in a bottomless debt trap…. yet another lonely life of an ex-soldier is like a grit of sand in the shore! This not suicide, but murder portrayed as suicide.

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    No commentator has denied that it is not a suicide. It is a murder in almost everyone’s opinion. Apparently the guy’s spouse would know where he was on that day as he had retired from army. It is likely he might have been on another job, on that day somewhere in Kegalle. There may be additional proofs of his engagement on that day.

    Here some knots needs to be opened. That guy was 40 years when he retired from army. The war was picking up in 2007. The army was actively recruiting. Ponni had let him go. Can Ponni explain the circumstances that he retired at 40?

    One has no idea, no clue about what is going on in Lankawe. With all its bight sandy beaches and with all illuminated Vesak Panthal Thorana lightings, the Island has become more of dark and gloomy in its crimes. The most acclaimed criminal, Brother Prince met New King in a party. After that New King was so mad at CID and F word CID for trying to prosecute army leaders on financial matters. His explanation sounded that they were war heroes. Ruke was trying to fly out to get some secrets released, but got arrested. Police was put on alert. In this Emergency 2016, still a murder can take place so secretly that it can be claimed as suicide. This is a dark Island. This a very dangerous Island

    This looks like Sinhala Buddhist- Sinhala Intellectuals, New Royals- Old Royals, Army- CID, Politician Citizen, Leader-follower everybody had their magical hand on this suicide.

    Pillaiyan is still under arrest for trying to bring out some information. One time promised witnesses, Sajin Vas and others have turned back with their master. Anybody remember that Paris police or InterPol have not explained the murder accused on the embassy? Anybody remember what Ranil said about Kathirgamar’s murders in the parliament? Everybody knows what goes on there. Kathirgamar’s and Fernando Pillai’s murders remain as shameful as the families join the government to hide them. Supreme Court Justice Sriskantharajah’s murder, the family was so scared, they immediately withdraw. Sandhya is still fighting. Hirunika dodged many bullets yet have earned only a partial victory. Her case is only a pendulum and the case and the life threatening danger can swing any direction. Only the Tangalle Murder of British Citizen is solved as his girlfriend survived and Britain demanded for justice from the Royal family to the victim’s family. Nobody related to victims are prepared come to the stage and talk. Is there a bill passed to Right to Information in that Island? For what? This island remains as a Dark and Gloomy, Dangerous Island.

    Does this sound like saving a war heroes? When the decision to sacrifices another to save a hero is taken, then this man who retired 2007 is not war hero? Is he sounding like a traitor to Sinhala Mahajan because he took his retirement at 40 while the war was raging? This muder is not connected to Lasantha’ Murder. It is something beyond that. It could be about saving Heroes from electric chair. Sandhya came out and told that Ekneligoda did know of the use of Chemical bombs. It looks like this guy did know something that forced him to retire at 40 before the war end. The family has to have the courage to come out.

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    So are war heroes being killed to protect war criminals!?

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    This Jayamanne’s letter written in his handwriting prior to committing “suicide” is written for one and only one purpose. To save Udalagama. So, he takes his own life to save Udalagama? Brinjals and pumpkins.
    Lasantha was murdered by a team riding motor cycles. That evidence was witnessed and reported to Police on the very same day the murder happened. That is a fact. So where is the reference in the suicide note about the others if it was not Udalagama? If Jayamanne was in the team that murdered why did he not mention the others who took part? Why is it only written to exonerate Udalagama? Today we hear of people being killed by injecting insulin and potassium with no trace after.
    Even the mechanic arrested in Lasantha murder case died mysteriously in remand.Why do all these happen when one individual is coincidentally overseas? If Buddhas preaching holds true karma will befall on those who resorted to murder and plunder EVEN if they convince themselves through lunacy that these were done to save the nation!! Buddha did not preach a single line justifying murder or plunder. Karma must and WILL befall on those and their children who are responsible such crimes.
    So Udalagama and Jayamanne are both from the Intelligence arm of the military. War heroes yet are they????

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    Test for Po 210, Fantanyl, barbiturates etc etc

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    THE SON’S VISIT, ‘WW’ WOULD HAVE PROMISED AS THE BRIBE FOR THE FATHER’S SUICIDE.

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    SL intelligence are super smart. If this dead man was in the list of suspects they would have not missed his name. Mind u he was Udulagmas close pal. No one would mis this mans name and he is no cloaer to the cas unless the intelligence ignored him and.thats a farce.

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    Raja hora and kudu gota planned lasantha’s murder

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