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Post by clairesy on Tue May 12, 2009 12:38 pm

Found this report again.I remembered reading it back months and months
ago......about a women who's daughter was abducted near luz,killed and
how the Portuguese police messed up the case.Reports of how one guy was
beaten and tortured........not fed or watered and stopped from using the toilet that long he sh/t himself(in his words) and peed himself..........his feet battered while while he was hung upside down etc.Not nice, and shows again how police in Portugal fail to investigate a missing child case properly.Ive highlighted the guys description of his treatment in red.

Madeleine: The damning case against the police by Britain's top investigative reporter
Last updated at 01:33 21 April 2008

Almost a year after Madeleine McCann disappeared from apartment 5A at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, signs on the ground in Portugal of the search for her or her body have become difficult to detect. The posters and fliers bearing her photo are almost all gone. All last week in Luz, I saw the police just once - two uniformed
officers in a green 4x4, parked opposite the fateful flat from which she vanished during the evening of May 3. The vehicle's doors were open and the two men peered at me listlessly while I made a few notes, before going back to their business: listening to a radio talk show.

The apartment gate was padlocked, but in the little paved front yard, a purple hibiscus and some dusty geraniums were coming into bloom. The Algarve spring is finally coming. "It's a new season," said a British woman who works in a local restaurant. "It's tragic they haven't found Maddie. But the time has come to move on." Of course, moving on is one thing Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry, cannot do. They remain arguidos, official suspects, - as does Robert Murat, a British expat living in Praia da Luz who has strenuously protested his innocence - still supposedly being investigated on the grounds that they may have caused her death or
disappearance. "Intellectually, they have grasped what has happened," said Gerry's elder brother, John. "Emotionally, they have learnt, to an extent, to cope: one's psychology adapts. "But they haven't really come to terms with it. There are times when they can seem cheerful, but then the devastation bursts through. Madeleine's disappearance is a cataclysm that is horrendous for them, and horrendous for all of us close to them." "It's an intense, full-on existence for both of them," said the McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell. "Gerry is back at work [as a cardiologist] full-time, but when he gets home the campaign to find Madeleine is like having a second job.

"Kate is determined to make family life for the twins, Seanand Amelie, as normal as possible. "They celebrated their third birthdays in the way you'd expect - though since Madeleine went, they haven't celebrated anything else: Kate's recent 40th passed without being marked. "But the truth is, it can't be normal. The whole situation dominates every aspect of their lives." Last week, amid a bitter, public row between Mitchell and the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) over the leaking of Kate and Gerry's
original interview statements to a Spanish television station, it became clear that the long-vexed relationship between the family and Portuguese detectives is close to breakdown. Mitchell's insistence that the leak did not come from the McCanns sounds more than plausible: the statements' emergence overshadowed Kate and Gerry's visit to Brussels to call for a Europe-wide "amber alert" system to aid the hunt for other missing children.

Memories: Carol Charles and her daughter, Rachel, who was killed
near Praia da Luz in 1990

Instead of their campaign, news coverage was dominated by the statements with the agonising detail that on the morning of the day she vanished, Madeleine asked Kate why she had not come to comfort her and the twins when they cried for her the previous night. As on the evening of May 3, Kate and Gerry had been having
dinner with their friends in the Ocean Club's tapas restaurant - in partial sight of apartment 5A. However, the Portuguese police detectives' union, which has
been a semi-official conduit for detectives' opinions about the McCanns for months, responded to Mitchell's demand for an inquiry to discover whether the leak had come from the PJ by calling him a "Machiavellian liar". According to the union, the McCanns leaked the statements - with the sole aim of damaging the Policia Judiciaria. Last autumn, after the McCanns were first made arguidos and sections of both the Portuguese and British Press were filled with untrue stories about them, apparently from police sources, relations with the PJ hit a low. In October, after the first Madeleine investigation leader,Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral, was fired from the case for telling a Portuguese reporter the British police were 'shielding" the McCanns, their trust in the PJ improved.

On the case: Robert Murat, seen talking to Portuguese police
just after Madeleine went missing. He is an official suspect but
has strenuously protested his innocence

"For a while, the leaks and smears stopped," Mitchell said. Amaral, meanwhile, was last month committed for trial for alleged perjury arising from his conduct in another, earlier case of a disappearing child. However, now the relationship is back at rock bottom. "The Portuguese justice minister needs to get a grip on his police force," Mitchell told The Mail on Sunday. "We are confident those statements came from someone in the police chain. It's not just disappointing that after nearly a year, there is no sign of Madeleine: it's an absolute tragedy." If the PJ had been "doing its job properly", Mitchell continued, the McCanns would never have felt compelled to engage the Barcelona private investigation agency Metodo 3, on which the Find Madeleine campaign has already spent £200,000. "Not a penny would have been spent on the private investigators," he said.

Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral, who was fired from the McCann
To Mitchell, the recent PJ visit to Britain to reinterview the McCanns'
seven friends who were dining with them on the evening of May 3 was a
diversion from what should be the inquiry's main thrust, finding
Maddie: "All of them put their case forcefully, saying nothing had
changed from when they made statements first time around. The
re-interviews suggest the PJ has nothing substantive to go on."
Mitchell said the PJ's performance meant the time had come for an "international
inquiry" into their handling of the Madeleine case. "What we want is
not just an investigation of this latest leak, but a much wider inquiry
into their conduct. "It's the sort of thing that could be done peer to
peer - maybe by officers from Europol, someone senior from Scotland
Yard, or the FBI. It's not about blame, but learning the necessary
lessons." It is an extraordinary demand, born of exasperation, which is
certain to be resisted in Portugal. Yet an examination by The Mail on
Sunday of the PJ's record --not only in its failure to find Madeleine,
but in the previous two Algarve cases where children have disappeared
or been murdered - suggests it may well be justified.

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Post by clairesy on Tue May 12, 2009 12:40 pm

"You have to remember: until 1974 Portugal was a
dictatorship," said a veteran Algarve journalist, who asked
not to be named. "That was the climate in which the PJ was
created. Their methods were pretty rough."

Brutal treatment of suspects was routine. One expatriate British
woman told me how a friend of her mother had been arrested in the
late Eighties on suspicion of breaking and entering a house - only
to be savagely beaten in custody.
"she was bruised all over her body. Of course, the policesaid they hadn't done anything, and were never called to
account," the woman said.

"This is Heartbeat country," another expat said. "People talk to the
police, and so often they think they know who's guilty, but can't prove
it. So they make an arrest and turn up the pressure in the hope of
getting a
confession." In the Portuguese criminal justice system, confessions are still
as they were in the days of the Inquisition - as the "queen of proofs".
British police, it has to be said, sometimes used to operate in a
similar way. But it has its drawbacks, as shown by the succession of
miscarriages of justice based on false confessions, such as the
Guildford Four and Birmingham Six IRA cases.
The abduction of a
child by a stranger is, mercifully, a rare event: in Britain, there
have been about seven cases a year since records were first kept in
1970. But it poses daunting challenges to investigators. "In these
circumstances, having close contacts in the community may be of limited
help," said Mark Williams-Thomas, a former Surrey police detective and
an expert in paedophile crime. "You need to progress scientifically.
Above all, you must preserve the scene and every scrap of physical
evidence." It has been widely reported that in the hours and days after
went missing, the PJ failed to do this, reacting sluggishly to her
disappearanceand allowing apartment 5A to become contaminated. It was
not the first time the PJ has made such mistakes. Thirty miles east of
Praia da Luz lies the resort of Albufeira, where a collection of
clifftop villas known as Val Novio was once a thriving development,
favoured by British expats. Now largely abandoned, it was there, on
November 19, 1990, that Rachel Charles, aged nine, went missing. Neil
McKay, a Bafta-winning TV scriptwriter who has specialised in factual
dramas about crime, was on holiday nearby with his father at the time.
"We were sitting in a bar having a beer one evening," he recalled.
"This English guy came in, saying a little girl had disappeared two
days earlier but the police were refusing to mount a proper search. He
said her family wanted every British tourist or expat to meet on the
beach at seven next morning to try to find her. "so we went. There must
have been more than 200 of us. Tragically, it didn't take long to find
her body, hidden among
some pines." Len Port, now an Algarve publisher who covered the case for The
News, said: "The police search was highly inefficient, as, frankly, was
everything else about the case. The way the police handled it was
desperately amateurish - and ultimately, a travesty of justice." Just
as they would later do with the McCanns, the PJ soon hit on a suspect
who knew the victim and her family. But according to Port, who attended
his trial, it had "no real evidence. It was an unjust trial". The
defendant was Michael Cook, a British expat businessman who had taken
part in the search, and in 1992 he was convicted and sentenced to 19
years. Having protested his innocence, he was released in 2002. Last
week, he told of his ordeal for the first time. "This has ruined my
life," he said. "I still carry the scars from the six times I was
stabbed in prison; as for the times I had the s*** kicked out of me, I
long ago lost count." Following Cook's conviction, his then-Labour MP,
Bob Spink, became involved in his campaign. In a Commons debate in
1992, he said: "The only hard evidence linking Cook to the murder was
bogus" - a claim by an elderly gardener that he had seen Cook bundling
Rachel into his car.
However, Spink said,
the police had hidden the fact that tyre tracks left by Rachel's
abductor "were of an entirely different type" from those that would
have been made by Cook's vehicle.

The PJ, Spink told the Commons, claimed Cook confessed - something he
has always denied - and that they had tortured him: "Cook appeared in
court, with black eyes and a missing tooth,
and he was deeply bruised.

"It is claimed that Cook was hung from an upstairs window by his feet,
that his feet were beaten until he could not stand, that he was tied to
a chair and beaten, that he was deprived of
sleep and that a revolver was forced into his mouth and the trigger pulled in a mock execution."

PJ also claimed Cook had a record as a paedophile, Spink went on. This,
too, was "entirely bogus'. The trial judge had asked a PJ witness how
he knew this: "The officer replied that someone, unnamed, had told him.
The judge accepted that so-called 'evidence' as clear and unequivocal."
It emerged at the trial that while there was no forensic link between
Rachel or her clothes and Cook's car, blood had been found under her
fingernails - presumably that of her attacker. But when Cook's lawyers
tried to obtain it to test it for DNA, they were told the samples had
been "lost". Cook told The Mail on Sunday: "I
was with the PJ four days and they gave me no food nor let me go to the
lavatory - I literally s*** myself and p****d myself. I was in that
state when they first brought me to court.

I learnt about Portugal is that once convicted, you never get the
chance to get it reversed, because they destroyed the evidence."

Spink, who is still MP for Castle Point, Essex, said yesterday that as
the Madeleine case had unfolded, he had become increasingly concerned
by the "disturbing parallels' between the way the PJ had dealt with
Maddie and the murder of Rachel Charles.
"In both cases, there was
incompetence at the outset. And then, having become convinced they had
the right suspects, the police seem to have ignored other avenues of
investigation - especially the possibility that both were abducted by a
After the death of Rachel Charles, it was not for a further 14 years
that another girl went missing on the Algarve. On September 12, 2004,
Joana Cipriano, aged ten, failed to return to her home in Figueira,
near Praia da Luz, from a shopping
trip. The parallels with the McCann case are again disturbingly
Like the McCanns, Joana's mother Leonor mounted a campaign for her
daughter's return. And like them, she and her brother Joao became
arguidos. As with the McCann investigation from May until October last
year, the man in charge of the hunt for Joana was Chief Inspector
Amaral. According to the Portuguese Press, one factor that influenced
his desire to make the McCanns arguidos was Kate's supposedly "cold"
demeanour in dealing with police and on television. In fact, as the
photo published on Section 2's Page 1 today makes clear, the first
known image taken of Kate on the morning after Madeleine's
disappearance, she was distraught.
With Leonor and Joao Cipriano, a
similar cod psychology was evident. "Amaral said he made them suspects
because when Leonor was on television, she was wearing black, and
speaking of her daughter in the past tense," said Sara Rosado, Joao's
"But the camera only showed the top part of her body. In fact, she was
wearing red trousers. "The reason why she was speaking of Joana in the
past tense
was that she was being asked questions in the past tense.
For example, the interviewer asked, 'How did your daughter do at
school?' And Leonor answered, 'She was bright, she was doing very
well.'" There was a further parallel with the McCann case - leaks,
apparently from police sources, to the media. One of the most damaging,
Rosado said, was the suggestion that human blood, probably Joana's, had
been found in the Ciprianos' fridge. It was only when Leonor and Joao
went on trial for murder that it emerged that this had never been
DNA-matched to Joana and might even have come from some meat. The
Cipriano case, which ended in 2005 with Joao and Leonor being sentenced
to 21 years, made Portuguese legal history: it was the first murder
trial where, as with Madeleine, no body was found. According to Rosado,
the direct evidence was weak - "all they had against Joao was a witness
who said he saw him going up the street carrying a plastic bag . . .
the prosecution said that inside was part of Joana's dismembered body."
However, Joao and Leonor both made confessions, which they later tried to retract.
Mail on Sunday has obtained a copy of the formal indictment against
Amaral, and his subordinates, the PJ inspectors Paulo Pereira
Cristovao, Leonel Marques, Paulo Marques Bom and Antonio Cardoso. On
March 26, all five men were committed to jury trial by Joaquim da Cruz,
an investigating judge. It is expected later this
year. The
indictment, the result of an investigation triggered by a complaint
filed by Leonor's lawyer in 2004, alleges that having been
questionedfor 48 hours, she confessed only as the result of a brutal
assault. The indictment states: "They threw
her to the ground, kicked her and hit her with a cardboard tube. They
put a plastic bag over her head, made her kneel on glass ashtrays . ..
accused believed that by causing her intense suffering, they
would force her to tell them how she killed her child and where she put
the body". This she finally did.
The police, it says,
later took her to a clinic where her injuries were recorded. But the PJ
officers claimed she had sustained them by throwing herself down the
stairs, in an apparent suicide attempt. Amaral faces charges of
negligence and falso testimunho - perjury --under Article 360 of the
Portuguese penal code, a crime punishable by up to three years in
prison. Cardoso is accused of fabricating a document. Marques, Bom and
Cristovao are charged with torture, for which the maximum penalty is
five years. In Britain, it seems unlikely that officers facing charges
of this kind would still be on duty, but last week Amaral was at work
in the PJ office in Faro. Through his lawyer, Antonio Cabrita, he
refused to discuss either the Joana or Madeleine cases. As for
Cristovao, he left the PJ after the Joana case to become a writer. Last
year, as a columnist for Diario de Noticias, he became a prolific
commentator on the Madeleine inquiry, writing a series of articles
apparently derived in part from conversations with his former
colleagues. Last month, with the publication of his book The Star Of
Madeleine, currently the Algarve's No3 bestseller, he has mounted a
robust defence of the PJ in general and Amaral in particular. "In the
PJ's opinion, everything written about Amaral in the British Press had
one purpose - to get him taken off the case," Cristovao's book says.
"He was a piece of meat on the barbecue of the British media, which
accused him of drinking too much, dressing badly, having a prominent
belly and spending too much time at lunch. "He was too much the normal
Portuguese policeman ... when what the British wanted was the British
way of doing things." The book, much of it composed of a fictional
dialogue between two fictional PJ officers, Francisco and Joao,
recycles some of the
cruellest smears against the McCanns, such as
the claim that Gerry did not get sufficiently involved in the
children's routines. Such information, it claims, gave the police "an
idea how the family functioned". It also contains details that can have
come only from inside the investigation: as a view of PJ thinking, it
may well be as authentic an account as has yet been given. If so, its
conclusions are shocking, among them the view that Madeleine is dead
and that if her parents did not kill her
physically, they did so by
their public campaign to find her "The publicity given to her face was
her death warrant - that's if she really left that apartment still
alive," he writes. Cristovao refused to meet me, saying that too many
British journalists were "racist". But I managed to ask him whether he
was not worried that the McCanns might sue him for libel, pointing out
that they had been awarded £550,000 against four newspapers last month.
"I'm expecting that," he replied. "I've no fear. It will be a big joy."
Visitor numbers on the Algarve are down this year, especially from
Britain: since November, said Elderico Viegas, president of the
region's tourist board, the fall has been about 12 per cent - not
because of Madeleine, but because of the pound's fall in value against
the euro. "I don't think Maddie has anything to do with it," he said.
"And that's my view as someone who has worked in tourism for the past
40 years." At the same time, Viegas admits that the case has done little
Portugal's image. "I do think it has been mishandled, especially in
terms of the way the police and other authorities dealt with the media.
Everyone here would like this problem solved, for there to be an
answer." Meanwhile, in Leicestershire, Cristovao's claims
notwithstanding, Kate and Gerry McCann get through their days with
their hope and belief that in the absence of any evidence of her death,
Madeleine is still alive. "Gerry copes by being active," Clarence
Mitchell said, "throwing himself into his work and the campaign." Kate,
he said, was more vulnerable. 'she takes the twins to nursery, and much
of her time is then taken up with campaigning, too - dealing with
emails; meetings with children's groups and
supporters. "But she
does have her ups and downs. It might be a particular media report, or
some new claim by the PJ that gets to her, and it can take some time to
pick herself up." The twins, Mitchell added, knew what had happened,
and sometimes they "called" Madeleine on their toy telephones. "Nothing
is hidden from them, and the house is full of pictures of Madeleine."
John McCann said he usually found himself thinking about Madeleine on
first waking up. "You do your best to live a normal life, but in the
end, you can't. And I'm her uncle. One can only imagine what it's like
for Gerry and Kate." I asked him how Kate and Gerry dealt with the
error for which they have paid so heavily. "Of course they can't help
but go over last May in their minds. But in the end, you can't change
what happened. What you can do, and what they have been trying to do
ever since, is to change the future: literally to keep turning over
stones until Madeleine is found. "Kate and Gerry don't talk about their
emotions much. Maybe it's their Scots-Irish and Liverpudlian
backgrounds: stoicism is part of our upbringing. "I don't mean the
stoicism where you're ready to accept any old s*** but the stoicism
where you try to deal with a
problem and get on with it - that
dogged determination. "That's what Kate and Gerry have, and their
ability to stay focused and try to help other families who may face a
similar plight in future is inspiring."
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Post by sadie on Wed May 13, 2009 1:40 am

Clairsey, this is exactly what I have been going on about.

The Michael Cook case was a fix up, both by the PJ and the Judge.

There were three different pieces of evidence which proved he DIDN'T do it

) His car hadn't the ground clearance to go over the rough ground it was supposed to have gone over

2) The tyre prints found were from a differeent vehicle altogether and did NOT match his car.

3) His colleagues/friends verified that he was with them at the time and could not have been at the scene

Now there was just one piece of 'evidence' against him:

1) A false witness said he saw him at the scene. This false witness has since completely withdrawn this statement.

Was he bribed/co-erced /bullied/frightened into giving this evidence which convicted Michael Cook? Nothing else but this mans false evidence plus the 'fudged up conviction ' of the PJ, was used to convict Michael and subject him to years of bullying in prison.

The judge refused to consider the evidence which proved Michael Cook did not do it. REFUSED!!

Rachels bad tempered stepfather who was suspected by many from the start, committed suicide on the first anniversary of the murder.

I wonder if any of our PJ officers were involved? And who was this judge?

An after thought

Were you aware that two honest lawyers decided to take on this misjustice on Michael Cooks behalf. They were gathering evidence when they had a dreadful 'accident' in their car. One lawyer was killed and the other severely disabled.

There was talk of sabotage to their car, but according to reports the PJ refused to/didn't do anything about opening an enquiry.......Hmm?
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Post by clairesy on Wed May 13, 2009 4:36 am

omg sadie that bloody awful. That is really bad.And i don't suppose their families felt they could do anything knowing what might or could go wrong for them if they dared.I feel so desperate form poeple out there who want to come forward and talk but cant through fear.All i can say to them is to come forward with information to a source that can be trusted. With madeleine the madeleine website offers a confidential service where you can either call someone to talk to them of what you know,or fill in an online form anonymously and give details of what you know.

Thats made my stomach turn sadie.I wasn't expecting to read that.

It reminded me though of something else. Im sure i read somewhere that in the madeleine case a police officer was killed in a car accident to....he dies aswel..im sure of it,i don't recall who it was,and what happned now....... although you just rang some bells there for me then. Im going to hve a google about to see what that was,im almost possitive someone was killed on a busy road in or around luz,quite a nasty accident to it is was.He was a family man...arghhhhhhhh who was it now.
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Post by Tinkerbell43 on Wed May 13, 2009 6:04 am

Your memory serves you well Clairesy, I remember this fatal road accident but the name of the officer involved escapes me too, lol. I think it is on the forum somewhere.

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Post by Hael on Wed May 13, 2009 7:21 am

I recall a police officer being killed in a car accident. I think he was involved in the Cipriano case or was it the Casa Pia case...


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Post by Hael on Wed May 13, 2009 7:34 am

Hael wrote:I recall a police officer being killed in a car accident. I think he was involved in the Cipriano case or was it the Casa Pia case...
Nope, sorry, it was the Dutroux case.
"As if by coincidence people die. There is no explanation for their deaths. For instance, they are victims of a deadly traffic accident just when they are under way to testify. Or one finds their charred bodies. Our judiciary apparently doesn't have sleepless nights over this."


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Post by clairesy on Wed May 13, 2009 8:40 am

I have a memory of it being the madeleine case.I just cant recall much about it.But im sure the guy in the car traveled alone,It was a really nasty crash.I don't know how it happened.I think he was on his way home to his family at the time.on a motorway near luz,or a duel carriageway.I have tried and tried to google things to get it up....but i cant. Its going to drive me bananas.Im not sure if the guy was a officer actively working on the madeleine case,or if he was someone that had an interest in it.I am really going bananas about ti though because its on the tip of my tongue LOl
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Post by clairesy on Wed May 13, 2009 9:37 am

I have it phew,still cant find it online mind you although i have found it on the forum.I remember the crash now to....god that was driving me batty.......its on a thread called

'coordinator of the pj dies in a collision'. julio santos??

He worked for the casapia home although its reported he wasn't involved in the scandal itself .Not sure of the details because i cant find anything else on it. I tried to past it here however when i try it doesn't past properly and comes out all weird.So if you want to read it you will have to search at the top of the home page for the thread LOL

Im not sire what he done for the madeleine case if anythign at all.But would like to find a bit more out on him.I cant find any reports though so i think they are probably all in Portuguese online and that's why i cant find anythign on him. I would like to know more though so if anyone from Portugal can find out what happened to him it would be nice to know!
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Post by maria on Wed May 13, 2009 8:48 pm





Julio Santos was the head of PJ's serious crime dep in Oporto.

While investigating a totally different case, one of serious assault and robbery, he was victim of an attempted run over on the 25/01/2001 when a young PJ inspector, Joćo Melo, 29, was killed. This case was involved in much arguing, as it seems that the dead PJ inspector, although following going after a very dangerous gang, did not have his anti bulletproof jacket on, not even a normal jacket on a very cold night at a very cold area of the country. Also, although he was with some other officers, none of them was hurt by the machine gun round, seems that single shot shrapnel was enough...

Julio Pinto died much later, on a car accident, 10/08/2008. Yes, alone, close to Oporto in a car crash accident. Dead on the sceene, most probably due to speeding.

He was 53 when he died, 30 years with PJ, he was prominent in several serious crimes investigations, one of them being Joana's in Algarve. He headed this investigation, for a while at least.

Used to criticise the government about the lack of resources given to PJ and left Algarve to come back to Oporto criticising the government again because the gang 'who killed his colleague' had been freed.

Well Clair, you seem to have uncovered yet another bucket of worms...

Oh, and in the comments to the Correio da Manha, the 'Maria' there is not me!!!... Although it is a good comment:' He liked to fight crime... And speeding is not a crime??? And he doesn't have family?'
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