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WikiLeaks: US Embassy Clueless About Fonseka’s Sis-In-Law’s Bucks

Asoka Tillakaratne, was questioned by CID personnel on February 15 about her son's involvement with Hi-Corp, and was then arrested on February 17, with the government alleging a connection between the Hi-Corp case and a sum of money found in several of Ms. Tillakaratne's safe deposit boxes

By Colombo Telegraph –

“CID Chief Inspector Mohan Siriwardena reportedly told court officials involved in the case that he was seeking assistance from Interpol to investigate Tillakaratne’s U.S. bank account.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeak database. The cable is classified as “CONFIDENTIAL”  and written by the Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis.

Ambassador wrote “Tillakaratne’s mother, Asoka Tillakaratne, was questioned by CID personnel on February 15 about her son’s involvement with Hi-Corp, and was then arrested on February 17, with the government alleging a connection between the Hi-Corp case and a sum of money found in several of Ms. Tillakaratne’s safe deposit boxes, reported by different media outlets to be either approximately 70,000 USD or 700,000 USD in a combination of U.S. dollars, Sri Lankan rupees and British pounds. Ms. Tillakaratne claimed through relatives that it was leftover campaign money. The magistrate handling her case granted her bail that same afternoon.”

“On February 15, the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) issued a warrant for the arrest of Danuna Tillakaratne, the son-in-law of Sarath Fonseka, as part of an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) into his alleged role in several tenders submitted by Hi-Corp, Inc. to supply military equipment to the Sri Lankan Army, tenders which the government says were fraudulent. Danuna had not been located as of February 18, and government spokespersons suggested he had fled the country.” she further wrote.

Below we give the relevant part of the confidential cable;

VZCZCXRO7366
OO RUEHAG RUEHROV RUEHSL RUEHSR
DE RUEHLM #0125/01 0500558
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 190558Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1336
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 2432
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 9449
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 7704
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 5451
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 3871
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 0037
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 0237
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID PRIORITY 0182
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 4500
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI PRIORITY 0010
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI PRIORITY 7244
RUEHON/AMCONSUL TORONTO PRIORITY 0232
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0144
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 000125

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/18/2020
TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: FOCUS ON FONSEKA FAMILY CONTINUES

REF: A. COLOMBO 111
     B. COLOMBO 108
     C. COLOMBO 105

COLOMBO 00000125  001.2 OF 002

Classified By: AMBASSADOR PATRICIA A. BUTENIS.  REASONS: 1.4 (B, D)

1. (C) SUMMARY:  Sarath Fonseka lodged an election petition
with the Supreme Court, alleging many violations of elections
law and asking the court to overturn Rajapaksa's victory, and
declare Fonseka the winner.  The government issued an arrest
warrant for Fonseka's son-in-law, Danuna Tillakaratne, in
connection with his alleged involvement in the Hi-Corp
procurement investigation.  On February 17, Tillakaratne's
mother was arrested for her possible involvement, but she was
released that same day on bail.  There are conflicting
reports on whether Fonseka has access to his choice of
doctors while in detention.  END SUMMARY.

DANUNA TILLAKARATNE AND
THE HI-CORP INVESTIGATION
-------------------------

3. (C) On February 15, the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL)
issued a warrant for the arrest of Danuna Tillakaratne, the
son-in-law of Sarath Fonseka, as part of an investigation by
the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) into his alleged
role in several tenders submitted by Hi-Corp, Inc. to supply
military equipment to the Sri Lankan Army, tenders which the
government says were fraudulent.  Danuna had not been located
as of February 18, and government spokespersons suggested he
had fled the country.  CID Chief Inspector Mohan Siriwardena
reportedly told court officials involved in the case that he
was seeking assistance from Interpol to investigate
Tillakaratne's U.S. bank account.  Tillakaratne's mother,
Asoka Tillakaratne, was questioned by CID personnel on
February 15 about her son's involvement with Hi-Corp, and was
then arrested on February 17, with the government alleging a
connection between the Hi-Corp case and a sum of money found
in several of Ms. Tillakaratne's safe deposit boxes, reported
by different media outlets to be either approximately 70,000
USD or 700,000 USD in a combination of U.S. dollars, Sri
Lankan rupees and British pounds.  Ms. Tillakaratne claimed
through relatives that it was leftover campaign money.  The
magistrate handling her case granted her bail that same

COLOMBO 00000125  002.2 OF 002

afternoon.
BUTENIS
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    Bloody corrupt family , no just talking about corruption every time he comes out from the prison. look, where these money come from?

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    yes, SF too corrupt, even this is election money, it looks they pocketed them. hora Vexxxx Pxxxk. :)

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    ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා ඔහුට විරුද්ධව තීන්දු වූ ටෙන්ඩර් පටිපාටි නඩුවේ විනිශ්චයට එරෙහිව අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ ගොනුකර තිබූ පෙත්සම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් දෙන ලද තීන්දුව කියවා බැලූ පසු අපට යම් අවබෝධයක්‌ ලබාගත හැක. මීට සති දෙකකට පමණ කලින් අභියාචනාධිකරණය දුන් තීන්දුව වූයේ ටෙන්ඩර් පටිපාටිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ත්‍රිපුද්ගල යුධ අධිකරණය විසින් ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට දෙනලද තීන්දුවේ වරදක්‌ නොමැති බවයි. එකී යුධ අධිකරණයේ සාමාජිකයන් හැටියට මේජර් ජනරාල්වරුන් වන මිලින්ද පීරිස්‌, ලලිත් දවුලගල හා මහින්ද හතුරුසිංහ විය. ෆොන්සේකා මහතා අභියාචනාධිකරණයට පෙත්සම ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් ඔවුන් සියලු දෙනාටත් හමුදාපති ජගත් ජයසූරිය මහතා වගඋත්තරකරුවන් ලෙස නම් කරමින් ඒ පෙත්සම ගොනුකර තිබුණි. එකී නඩුවේදී ෆොන්සේකා මහතාගේ පාර්ශ්වය විසින් ගෙනහැර දක්‌වන ලද ඇතැම් තර්ක පහත දැක්‌වෙන ආකාරයට සම්පිණ්‌ඩනය කළ හැක.
    ෆොන්සේකා මහතා වරදකරු වූ පළමු නඩුව යුධ හමුදාවේ ටෙන්ඩර් හතරක අක්‍රමිකතා පිළිබඳ ප්‍රශ්නයක්‌ විය. ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් යුධ අධිකරණය විසින් දෙනලද තීන්දුවට එරෙහිව ෆොන්සේකා පාර්ශ්වය විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කළ පළමු තර්කය වූයේ තම බෑනාට සැපයුම් කොන්ත්‍රාත් ලබාදුන් ටෙන්ඩර් කමිටුවේ සාමාජිකයකු හැටියට ෆොන්සේකා මහතා සිටීමෙන් කිසිදු නීතියක්‌ උල්ලංඝනය වී නැති බවය. ධනූන තිලකරත්න මහතා තම බෑනා බව වසන් කිරීම වරදක්‌ නොමැති බවත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා එවැනි නෑදැ කමක්‌ තිබේ යෑයි එලි කරීමටවත් ඒ හේතුවෙන් ටෙන්ඩර් කමිටුවෙන් ඉවත් වීමටවත් කිසිදු හේතුවක්‌ නොතිබුණු බවයි. ඔවුන් තර්ක කළේ ටෙන්ඩර් පටිපාටිය යනු හුදෙක්‌ම උපදෙස්‌ මාලාවක්‌ මිස නීතියක්‌ නොවන බවයි.

    තවද ඔවුන් පවසා සිටියේ ෆොන්සේකා මහතා ටෙන්ඩර් කමිටුවට බලපෑම් කළ වගට සාක්‍ෂි නැති බවත් එකී සැපයුම් කොන්ත්‍රාත් වැරදි ආකාරයට ලබාදුන් බවට චෝදනා නැති බවත් කිසිවකු විසින් හෝ ඒ තුළින් අයථා ලෙස මුදල් හම්බකර ඇති බවට චෝදනා නැතිබවත් එම නිසා මේ මුළු ප්‍රශ්නයම සුළු තාක්‍ෂණික කරුණක්‌ මත පවතින බවයි.
    ෆොන්සේකා පාර්ශ්වය විසින් අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ ගෙනහැර දක්‌වන ලද තවත් කරුණක්‌ වූයේ යුධ හමුදා පනතට අනුව හමුදා සේවයේ සිට ඉන් ඉවත්ව යන උදවියට හමුදාවෙන් ඉවත් වී මාස 6 ක්‌ ගිය පසු හමුදා සේවයේ යෙදී සිටියදි කරන ලද වරදකට දඬුවම් දිය නොහැකි බවත්, මෙකී ටෙන්ඩර් ගනුදෙනුව වූයේ 2007 දී සහ 2008 දී වන නිසාත් ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් චෝදනා ගොනු කරන ලද්දේ 2010 දී වන නිසාත්, ඉහත කී මාස 6 සීමාව ඉක්‌මවා ඇති නිසා යුද අධිකරණය විසින් දෙන ලද තීන්දුව නීති විරෝධී බවයි.
    ෆොන්සේකා මහතා විසින් අභියාචනාධිකරණයට පවසා සිටි තවත් තර්කයක්‌ වූයේ තම බෑණාට සැපයුම් කොන්ත්‍රාත් ලබාදුන් ටෙන්ඩර් කමිටුවේ සාමාජිකයකු හැටියට ෆොන්සේකා මහතා අසුන්ගෙන සිටියත් ඉන් වැඩිම වුවොත් සිදුවූයේ සාරධර්ම කැඩීමක්‌ පමණක්‌ වන නිසා එවැනි වරදකට අවුරුදු 3 ක සිරදඬුවමක්‌ දීම සාධාරණීකරණය කළ නොහැකි බවයි.

    මා හට මතක හැටියට අන්තර් පාර්ලිමේන්තු කමිටුවේ නිරීක්‍ෂකයා ලංකාවට පැමිණ නිරීක්‍ෂණය කළේ මෙම නඩුවයි. ඔහුට උසාවියේදී අසන්නට ලැබුණේ ඉහත කී ආකාරයේ තර්ක නම් අද ඔහු ආගිය අතක්‌ නැතුව සිටීම ගැන කවුරුත් පුදුම විය යුතු නැත. ඉහත දක්‌වන ලද එක තර්කයක්‌ වත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා නිර්දොaෂී පුද්ගලයෙක්‌ යෑයි කීමට ඉවහල් නොවන බව ඕනෑම කෙනකුට පෙනේ. නමුත් දොස්‌තර ජයලත් ජයවර්ධන මහතා අන්තර් පාර්ලිමේන්තු සංගමයේ මානව හිමිකම් කමිටුවට ෆොන්සේකා මහතාගේ ප්‍රශ්නය ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් පවසා ඇත්තේ ආණ්‌ඩුව විසින් බොරු සාක්‍ෂි නිර්මාණය කොට ෆොන්සේකා මහතා දේශපාලන හේතු මත සිරකරගෙන සිටින බවයි. ෆොන්සේකා මහතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද තර්කය අන්තර් පාර්ලිමේන්තු සංගමය විසින් පිළිනොගන්නා බව ඔවුන්ගේ නිහැඬියාවෙන් පෙනේ.

    නීතිමය වශයෙන් ගත් කල සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා සිටින්නේ ඉතාමත්ම අවාසිදායක තත්ත්වයක බව නොකිවමනාය. ඉහත දක්‌වන ලද අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩුවේදී ෆොන්සේකා මහතා කළ ප්‍රධානම චෝදනාව වූයේ ඔහුට සිර දඬුවම් ලබාදුන් යුද අධිකරණ සාමාජිකයන් තුන්දෙනාම ඔහු විසින් හමුදාව තුළ ප්‍රධාන නිලතල නොදී සුළු වැදගත් කමක්‌ ඇති නිලතල වලට පත්කළ උදවිය බවයි. එමනිසා ඔවුන් ඔහුගේ විරුද්ධවාදීන් වන බවත් ඔවුන් දුන් තීන්දුව ද්වේෂ සහගත වන බවත්ය. එපමණක්‌ද නොව එම යුද අධිකරණයේ සාමාජිකයකු වූ මේජර් ජෙනරාල් මහින්ද හතුරුසිංහ මහතා කොටින්ගෙන් මුදල් ලබා ඔවුන් සමඟ සම්බන්ධකම් පැවැත්වූ අයකු බවත් ඔහු චෝදනා කර සිටියේය. මේ එක චෝදනාවක්‌වත් ඔහුට ඔප්පු කර ගැනීමට නොහැකි විය. මහින්ද හතුරුසිංහ මහතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔහුගේ නීතිඥයන් පෙන්වා දුන්නේ කොටි සංවිධානය හතුරුසිංහ මහතා ඝාතනය කිරීම සඳහා එක්‌තරා හමුදා මේජර්වරයකුගේ උදව් පැතූ බවත් එකී හමුදා මේජර්වරයා හතුරුසිංහ මහතාව ඝාතනය කිරීමට කොටි සංවිධානයට ඔත්තු සපයා අතටම හසුවී මරණ දණ්‌ඩනයටද නියම වූ බවයි. ෆොන්සේකා මහතා විසින් ඔහුට එරෙහිව සිරදඬුවම් පැමිණ වූ යුද අධිකරණයේ සාමාජිකයන්ට එරෙහිව කරන ලද චෝදනා ඔප්පු කරගත නොහැකිව අවසන් මොහොතේදී යුද අධිකරණය පක්‍ෂපාත බවට ඉදිරිපත් කෙරුණු තර්කය ඉල්ලා අස්‌කර ගැනීමටද තැත්කළේය. අභියාචනාධිකරණය ඔහුගේ පෙත්සම නිෂ්ප්‍රභ කිරීමට එයද එක්‌ ප්‍රධාන හේතුවක්‌ විය.

    මේ අනුව නීතිමය පැත්තෙන් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා සිටින්නේ දඬුකඳේ ගැසුවාක්‌ මෙන් සිරවෙලාය.
    CA Chandraprema – Divayna

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    What is wrong here is, he was not given a fair trial. I think he should give another fair trail and put him jail again.

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      Mr Kalu Albert

      How can you expect a fair trial in a Banana republic? The jugdement and the jugdes are control by a control room. You must be very happy as the war is over and people are living happily thanks to SF. Gota left the army as he was frighten of the war that is why he is known as Baya Gota. So don’t try to write all these bullshit just to satisfy yourself. People in Sri Lanka knows the truth, and now going against the Rajapakshe regime. Days are numbered to defend these people and its definite that these regimes have to face a lot of problems including war crimes. So it is useless, You using your words just to defend these guys and you to be happy.
      The chairman of the LLRC gave his decision, regarding the HELPING HAMBANTOTA that the CID could inquired into it as they have been mis-appropriation of funds. Later, the people inquiered into it became victims and have to pay compensations to Rajapakshe as the chief justice Sarath Silva was on his side to extent his term.
      The good quality of police officers (DIG CID) have to pay Rajapakshe for inquiring into his wrong doing because the chief justice wants to get his term extended thereby giving a decision in favor of Rajapakshe.
      The Banana republic started with these illegal decisions of the judiciary. So how can a fair trial and a fair decision could be obtain in these conditions? Therefore its useless to talk about the Sri Lankan judiciary.

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        Mr Gunawardena I agree with you re Rajapaksa regime, but not regarding SF. he is one of the ruthless man in the entire Army, thats why Gota selected him, otherwise he was just retired Army officer if not Gota,

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        You seem to have a very short memory or you are blinded by your loyality to SF. The first part of the war,that is clearing the east was done by Maj.Gen Pannipitiya while SF was recouperating in Singapore. First thing he did after coming back was to lock up Maj.Gen pannipitiya.Then just after finishing off the LTTE (at the time SF was in china on a procurement trip)he accused Brig.Shavendra of war crimes and you telling others to stop giving muck.

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    Lal ratnayake, Basil, CA Chandraprema, Kalu albert; These are the most filthy stenching pigs always living in the political cesspit of MR and licking his posterior for living. These pigs are not expected to write anything else for the one man who saved them from LTTE!!! This is why Sri Lanka is going down all the time.

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      Hey man, it is Hon. Gotabhaya who save the country. read this; “No one, may be with the exception of Gothabaya Rajapaksa, but he’s the only person I can mention who thought a military victory was possible. I was very hard to say very close to Indian intelligence and an enormous amount of time throughout this process and never, ever did any Indian official hint that a military victory was possible until mid 2008. Then they started, I observed the change in Mr.M.K.Narayanan and others and gradually shift into the position that may be, state may be the government can wipe out the tigers military victory.”Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim said last week —
      http://colombotelegraph.com/2011/11/16/exclusive-only-gotabhaya-thought-a-military-victory-was-possible-erik-solheims-full-speech-with-video/

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        Mr Kalu Albert,

        If you call Baya Gota Hon. Gotabhaya, you have to call Kudu Duminda Silva also, Hon. Duminda Silva. If Baya Gota could finish the war without the support of SF, why did he get the support of Kudu Duminda to win the Colombo municipale council. How can an officer who was away for about 19 years who didnt have contacts in the Sri Lankan army and who has not undergone any army training for that period take the responsability of fighting a war? It is true that he was cordinating with SF as his brother was sleeping at Temple Trees when the war was going on. The president did not give any orders for operations and it was decided by SF with the OK of Gota. If you read the UN report on Sri Lanka 95% is written about the army and their operations. SO once again I am telling you not to write muck because you cant convince anybody as they know the story better than anybody. India and Norway knew the war could be finished by SF as Baya Gota is the person who was in contact with the international community as SF was fighting the war.

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        SF gave his 4 year plan to Chandrika a decade ago, Daluwatte was selected for his 8 year plan, the other two proposals/commanders thought victory was immpossible

        Post 2011, the world was a different place and thanks to Kadirigama LTTE finances were severy cropped down, Ranil’s cunning or ponna plan of a cease firealso split the tigers, so they werew literally out gunnrd and out manned. Paksa contribution was to give our oil wells to India and China for arms, survelance and international political support.

        SF contribution was that the man was ‘never say die’, he was there when the battle was hotter, when we were on the losing end, not abandoning duty to troops and citizens and running off. (People who think victory is possible dont run off !)

        Also refusing to impliment Ranils demilitarizing plans, developing the armoured infantry, instilling discipline in the army and the unique tactic of clearing the jungles before cities.

        Hiitting the enemy at their strongest and not the weakest is also against convention, focusing on eliminating the fighters rather than land capture and creating the myth that he had no plan were some others.

        The CDF and other commanders were to agree with the international community if we were forced to stop the war, but they were planning to lock-up SF as he would not cow down,

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    By the way, are you a SF boot liker? go to prison and do it, if you want ass or boots, no problem for me.

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    US and West want to unstable SL using people like SF. They think MR is heading towards china and they want someone who says yes to everything they say leading SLG. SF is a well currupt as we all know and I don’t think there is a big differance between Gaddafy and SF if SF comes to power. I think Gaddafy is much better person than SF.

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      Gaddafi is Percy’s friend, he looks upto d Colnel.

      SF mistake was he was no Gaddaffi, instead believed in the ballot !!

      Colnels whether Percy’s friend or Iddiamin never came to power by ballot, cannot be compaired with an old war hero.

      We however are like Americans; in a nother mans land with the native population in dire straits

      We also prefer Hollywood to Bollywood, why pretence !

      Yes, India helepd Tigers because they want stable SL,
      We always run off to better ourselves to China and India and never to US and West, how true !!

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    Paksa corruption cannot be cleared with even 30 year jail terms

    MR bluffed Velu after sponsorship, so would SF

    Plus, greater Tamil support and no war-crimes charges

    We also need a third or fourth power block, not just neighbours

    India has with US, chinas biggest trading partner US !

    We hope we are Chinese/Indian, infact deep down we are US/European

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    These SF bootlickers won’t say a word about the US$700 000 caught and god knows how much stashed elsewhere.
    If you guys want to talk corruption do it with both eyes open. Not with just one eye.

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    The war was joint effort and every one had their part to play and they did it almost to perfection. So the credit goes to every one involved but the commander in chief gets the lions share, Its the norm. If some try to grab the whole credit to himself or some one try to deny others their credit they are only fooling themselves

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    Pat A But thoththa baba mokuth danne nehe.

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    I’m pretty much convinced that CIA funded the SF’s campaign by looking at it’s track records. I’m not surprised the fact that the embassy, except the CIA agents, has no clue about the money. CIA raises money for such illegal games through drug trafficking. See here: http://rt.com/usa/news/paul-cia-drug-government-053/

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