“France’s Ballestrazzi becomes first female President of INTERPOL”

November 9, 2012

INTERPOL on November 8, 2012 released the following:

“New members appointed to Executive Committee as landmark General Assembly shapes global response to contemporary violence

ROME, Italy – INTERPOL’s 81st General Assembly has closed with delegates electing as the new President of INTERPOL Mireille Ballestrazzi, Deputy Central Director of the French Judicial Police.

Mrs Ballestrazzi said she felt a great sense of pride and joy to have been elected as the President of INTERPOL and looked forward to serving all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries in ‘an unfailing spirit to promote mutual assistance and solidarity’.

“I am wholly committed to the fundamental role INTERPOL must play in global police cooperation. By establishing the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation and leading other recent initiatives, INTERPOL has placed itself at the forefront of innovation which I will continue to fully support. There is no doubt that this direction will open up drastically new perspectives for INTERPOL and its member countries worldwide as we face together the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

The President of the Organization heads its Executive Committee and is elected by the General Assembly for a period of four years.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble welcomed President Ballestrazzi’s appointment as another example of INTERPOL’s evolution, reflecting the active role of both men and women in the international law enforcement community.

“As the world’s largest police organization, it is essential that INTERPOL’s leadership offers the best policing and expertise to its 190 member countries in order to meet their needs,” said Mr Noble.

“Mireille Ballestrazzi’s appointment as President of INTERPOL comes at a time when countries are adapting to the realities of the changing nature of transnational organized crime in the 21st century.

“She brings invaluable experience in cross-border police collaboration to her role, as well as proven leadership abilities, and I look forward to working closely with her to ensure that INTERPOL continues to provide innovative responses to meet the needs of our member countries, ” added the INTERPOL Chief.

Paying a warm tribute to outgoing President Khoo Boon Hui of Singapore, Mr Noble said Mr Khoo would be remembered as ‘a champion and driving force of international law enforcement cooperation’.

Also elected to the Executive Committee were Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Vice President for the Americas), Nobuyuki Kawai, Director of the Organized Crime Department of the National Police Academy of Japan (Vice President for Asia), Algeria’s Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba, Commissaire Divisionnaire de Police, Directeur de la Police Judiciaire (Delegate for Africa), Bob Paulson, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Delegate for the Americas), Jong Yang Kim of the Korean National Police Agency and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Seoul (Delegate for Asia), Brigadier General Saoud Abdallah Al-Mahmoud, Director of the International Cooperation Department of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (Delegate for Asia), and Filippo Dispenza, Brigadier General of the Italian National Police (Delegate for Europe).

The four-day conference (5 – 8 November) in Rome was launched with a Ministerial meeting attended by close to 100 global leaders who endorsed a joint declaration recognizing the need to identify viable strategies to effectively address the changing modes of contemporary criminal violence.

During the conference, more than 1,000 delegates from some 170 countries endorsed a series of resolutions to build a modern framework for collective action, including on maritime piracy, illicit trafficking in cultural property, the INTERPOL Programme to Combat Trafficking in Illicit Goods launched earlier this year, the INTERPOL Travel Document and cybercrime.

A groundbreaking initiative by INTERPOL to support the safety and security of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and other major sporting events over the next 10 years was also launched following an agreement with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee worth USD 10 million.

With Cartagena, Colombia, hosting INTERPOL’s next General Assembly in 2013, conference delegates closed the event by selecting Monaco as the venue for INTERPOL’s 83rd General Assembly in 2014, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the first International Criminal Police Congress.”

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INTERPOL statement in relation to Red Notice issued for Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

August 8, 2012

INTERPOL on August 7, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Following confirmation from German authorities that Paul Watson had failed to satisfy the bail conditions established by the German courts and had fled the country, Costa Rican authorities renewed their request to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters to issue a Red Notice seeking his detention or arrest with a view to extradition.

The Red Notice request is based on a national arrest warrant issued by Costa Rican authorities for Mr Watson, who is wanted for prosecution in relation to a charge of ‘causing a danger of drowning or of an air disaster’ in connection with an incident in April 2002.

Based on Mr Watson’s failure to satisfy the bail conditions set by the German court, and the additional information provided by Costa Rica concerning the underlying charges, it was concluded that a Red Notice could be issued in compliance with INTERPOL’s Constitution and rules. The Red Notice was published on Tuesday 7 August.

A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant. It is a request by INTERPOL for member countries to determine whether they can detain or arrest an individual in order for the requesting country to seek their extradition. INTERPOL cannot demand that any member country arrest the subject of a Red Notice.

Each of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries must apply their national laws and standards in determining whether it may detain or arrest the wanted person.

Any additional enquiries in relation to the Red Notice for Paul Watson should be directed to Costa Rican authorities.”

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Interpol has issued a Red Notice seeking the arrest of Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson

August 8, 2012
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“Red Notice … Paul Watson, founder of environmental group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Photo: AP”

The Sydney Morning Herald on August 8, 2012 released the following:

By: Andrew Darby

“Interpol seeks arrest of Sea Shepherd leader

Global police agency Interpol has issued a Red Notice seeking the arrest of bail-skipping Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson.

Interpol said the request to its member countries, which include Australia, was based on a warrant issued by Costa Rican authorities over navigation charges laid in 2002.

Mr Watson, 61, was detained in Germany for the Costa Rican case. He jumped bail on July 22 after learning Japan was seeking his extradition over the conflict between Sea Shepherd and the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, has until now resisted requests for the Red Notice to be issued against the hardline conservationist.

“Based on Mr Watson’s failure to satisfy the bail conditions set by the German court, and the additional information provided by Costa Rica concerning the underlying charges, it was concluded that a Red Notice could be issued in compliance with Interpol’s Constitution and rules,” the agency said.

It said the Red Notice did not constitute an arrest warrant.

“Each of Interpol’s 190 member countries must apply their national laws and standards in determining whether it may detain or arrest the wanted person,” it said.

In the last message sent through Sea Shepherd a fortnight ago, Mr Watson indicated that he may have been at sea.

“I am presently in a place on this planet where I feel comfortable, a safe place far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans,” he said.

He said Sea Shepherd would proceed with plans to mount its ninth Antarctic campaign if Japan went south again this summer.”

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Italy’s fight against mafia a blueprint against transnational organized crime, INTERPOL Chief tells Palermo meeting

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“PALERMO, Italy ‒ INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has said that global efforts against transnational organized crime can learn from the effective international police cooperation and national resolve which underpin Italy’s on-going struggle against the mafia.

Speaking at the Third Experts Meeting (11-13 June) of the Digest of Organized Crime Cases project, Mr Noble said the initiative provided an important ‘toolbox’ which assisted countries in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, signed in Palermo in 2000, by providing them with key best practices in investigative and prosecutorial techniques, as well as in law enforcement cooperation.

With the meeting attended by Italian Senate President Renato Schifani, Italian Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri, President of the Regional Assembly of Sicily Francesco Cascio, Prefect Antonio Manganelli, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, Director John Sandage of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and members of the Experts’ Group, Mr Noble paid tribute to judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as to the eight Italian police officers and Giovanni Falcone’s wife, Francesca Morvillo, who were killed in Palermo bombings 20 years ago at the hands of the Cosa Nostra.

With tens of thousands of individuals holding public mandates ‒ ministers, members of parliament, police officers and judges ‒ but also journalists, writers, professors and countless ordinary citizens having found the courage to stand up against the Mafia, Mr Noble said: “By demonstrating that its institutions and people are standing as one in facing the Mafia, Italy is setting an example for the world against organized crime.”

Mr Noble recalled how Felicia Impastato dedicated her life to successfully bringing her son’s murderers to justice, as well as President Napolitano’s visit to Sicily this year to celebrate a State funeral for Placido Rizzotto, a trade union leader who was assassinated in 1948 by the Cosa Nostra but whose body was only recently identified.

The Head of INTERPOL said that besides institutions and individuals, international law enforcement and judicial cooperation was equally crucial in successfully combatting organized crime, and that this is precisely what INTERPOL strives to accomplish within the international law enforcement community.

Prefect Manganelli stressed the importance of cooperation between INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and said Italy’s cooperation with INTERPOL had been ‘especially close’ in the aftermath of the Italian judges’ assassinations.

“Today’s fight against organized crime means not just arresting criminals but also seizing their assets, and in this area INTERPOL’s global network has offered strong support to Italy. In 2011 alone, Italy confiscated properties, money and other assets belonging to the mafia worth some 9 billion Euros. In this respect Italy will be proud to see the Digest become an invaluable resource to the law enforcement community worldwide,” added Prefect Manganelli.

Mr Noble cited how recently, INTERPOL had contributed to the arrest of one of Italy’s most wanted criminals, Vito Roberto Palazzolo, who had been sentenced in Palermo to nine years in prison for external collusion with the Mafia. Palazzolo, who was the subject of an internationally-wanted persons INTERPOL Red Notice, was arrested in Bangkok on 30 March by Thai authorities with the support of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit and Italy’s State Police.

“I commend Prefect Manganelli for the leadership and dedication he has shown over the years in working with INTERPOL and countless other law enforcement bodies worldwide to fight transnational organized crime. Italy and the international law enforcement community are lucky to have such a talented and committed professional,” said the Head of INTERPOL.

The Digest of Organized Crime Cases project was launched in 2010 on the tenth anniversary of the Palermo Convention, under the leadership of Italy, of Colombia – whose determination against armed guerilla groups Mr Noble praised at the meeting – and UNODC, with the support of INTERPOL.”

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INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

April 4, 2012

INTERPOL on April 1, 2012 released the following:

“Convicted Italian fugitive was subject of INTERPOL Red Notice requested by Italy

LYON, France – The detention in Bangkok of a man wanted in Italy for mafia-related criminal conspiracy and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons has been praised by INTERPOL Chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of effective international police cooperation.

Vito Roberto Palazzolo, aged 64, was stopped by the Royal Thai police on Friday 30 March at Bangkok airport. He was sentenced by a court in Italy in 2009 to nine years in jail for criminal association as a prominent member of the Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia for whom he had been accused of laundering money from the proceeds of drug trafficking and cigarette smuggling, and for closely associating with the undisputed leaders of the criminal organization.

The convicted mafia fugitive was taken into custody at Bangkok airport by officers from Thailand’s Bureau of Immigration, working in collaboration with INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bangkok, as well as with the Foreign Affairs and Tourist Police divisions of the Royal Thai Police, with the assistance of INTERPOL’s liaison office in Bangkok.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon has been closely coordinating with INTERPOL’s NCB in Rome and its liaison office in Bangkok, in collaboration with Italian police services and case Prosecutor, as part of initiatives to locate Palazzolo in the Asian region where a previous travel entry by the fugitive was recently detected.

Secretary General Noble praised the authorities in Italy and Thailand for their continued commitment to cross-border law enforcement, which he said was exemplified by Palazzolo’s arrest.

“The capture of this convicted mafia fugitive highlights the very real and valuable results which can be achieved by INTERPOL member countries working together, especially when supported by INTERPOL global policing tools such as Red Notices,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Palazzolo’s arrest will I am sure encourage all INTERPOL member countries to renew their commitment to transnational police cooperation through the INTERPOL community, so that justice can run its course,” concluded Mr Noble.

A Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives. Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, a Red Notice seeks the location, the apprehension and the provisional arrest of a wanted person, and is circulated to police in all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.”

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Dominican authorities arrest six suspected hackers reportedly linked to ‘Anonymous’ group following INTERPOL-supported global operation

March 28, 2012

INTERPOL on March 27, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France ‒ Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested six suspects as part of an international operation supported by INTERPOL against suspected hackers believed to be linked to the so-called ‘Anonymous’ group.

The arrests are the latest phase of Operation Unmask, an international initiative supported by INTERPOL against suspected hackers.

Launched in mid-February under the aegis of INTERPOL’s Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology (IT) Crime which facilitated the sharing of intelligence, Operation Unmask has already seen interventions by national law enforcement officers in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, resulting in 25 arrests.

It was originally launched following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain against the Colombian Ministry of Defence and presidential websites, as well as Chile’s Endesa electricity company and its National Library, among others.

In the first phase of the operation, some 250 items of IT equipment and mobile phones were seized during searches of 40 premises across 15 cities during the operation, as well as payment cards and cash, as part of a continuing investigation into the funding of illegal activities carried out by the suspected hackers who are aged 17 to 40.

The latest phase of the operation in the Dominican Republic came in the wake of cybercrime attacks against various governmental websites, as well as national and international companies in the private sector. Those arrested include two minors.

INTERPOL working parties on IT crime were created to facilitate the development of strategies, technologies and information on the latest IT crime methods. There are regional working parties for Africa, the Americas, Asia and the South Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The main activities of the working parties rest on three pillars: facilitating operations against IT crime among INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, capacity building and addressing emerging threats.”

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INTERPOL issues Red Notices seeking arrest of four suspects in New Delhi car bomb attack targeting Israeli officials

March 23, 2012

INTERPOL on March 22, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – INTERPOL, acting on a request from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, has issued Red Notices for four suspects wanted in connection with the 13 February bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s car in New Delhi.

Details of the suspects Mohammadreza Abolghashemi, Houshang Afshar Irani, Seyed Ali Mahdiansadr and Masoud Sedaghatzadeh who are all wanted for terrorism related offences including criminal conspiracy and attempted murder, have been transmitted to INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.

The attack left a 42-year-old female diplomat with serious injuries and also wounded her driver and two bystanders.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said India’s request for the Red Notices would make it extremely difficult for the suspects to travel internationally in an attempt to evade capture.

“Through requesting INTERPOL Red Notices, India has ensured that law enforcement officials around the globe are alerted to the wanted status of these fugitives, and therefore reduces their options for international travel,” said Mr Noble.

“INTERPOL is uniquely placed to ensure that vital police information and support are made available to the global law enforcement community when and where it is needed,” concluded the head of INTERPOL.

INTERPOL Red Notices serve to communicate to the world’s police that a suspect is wanted by a member country and request that the suspect be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition.

INTERPOL will not comment further on the Red Notices that were issued today. All enquiries concerning the charges and suspects should be directed to the India’s Central Bureau of Investigation in New Delhi.”

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Head of UK crime agency’s visit to INTERPOL focuses on security cooperation ahead of London Olympics

March 12, 2012

INTERPOL on March 9, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Security at the upcoming London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was a key area for discussion during today’s meeting between the Director General of the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Trevor Pearce, and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

During his visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, the SOCA Chief was briefed on INTERPOL’s range of tools and services which will be provided as part of the security arrangements for the Summer Games in July and August, when INTERPOL will deploy a Major Events Support Team to London.

“INTERPOL is a key international partner in the fight against transnational crime. Cooperation and the exchange of information between countries on issues such as terrorism, illegal immigration and border protection are vital elements in our action against these,” said Trevor Pearce.

“INTERPOL and the UK already benefit from a strong relationship in many areas, and today’s meeting with Mr Pearce has served to further underline our joint commitment to working even more closely together, particularly during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Mr Noble.

In this respect, the Head of INTERPOL praised the UK’s ‘exemplary’ efforts in its use of the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, with the country ranking amongst the top four of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries in searching and contributing intelligence to the database.

The SLTD database – the only one of its kind in the world – currently contains almost 32 million records from 162 countries.

Mr Pearce was accompanied by SOCA’s Executive Director, Strategy and Prevention, Gerry Liddell, and by David Armond, Head of SOCA’s International Directorate.”

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Hackers reportedly linked to ‘Anonymous’ group targeted in global operation supported by INTERPOL

February 29, 2012

INTERPOL on February 28, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France ‒ An international operation supported by INTERPOL against suspected hackers believed to be linked to the so-called ‘Anonymous’ hacking group has seen the arrest of some 25 individuals across four countries in Latin America and Europe.

Operation Unmask was launched in mid-February following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain against the Colombian Ministry of Defence and presidential websites, as well as Chile’s Endesa electricity company and its National Library, among others.

The international operation was carried out by national law enforcement officers in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, under the aegis of INTERPOL’s Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology (IT) Crime, which facilitated the sharing of intelligence following operational meetings in the four participating countries.

Some 250 items of IT equipment and mobile phones were also seized during searches of 40 premises across 15 cities during the operation, as well as payment cards and cash, as part of a continuing investigation into the funding of illegal activities carried out by the suspected hackers who are aged 17 to 40.

“This operation shows that crime in the virtual world does have real consequences for those involved, and that the Internet cannot be seen as a safe haven for criminal activity, no matter where it originates or where it is targeted,” said Bernd Rossbach, Acting INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services.

INTERPOL working parties on IT crime were created to facilitate the development of strategies, technologies and information on the latest IT crime methods. There are regional working parties for Africa, the Americas, Asia and the South Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The main activities of the working parties rest on three pillars: facilitating operations against IT crime among INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, capacity building and addressing emerging threats.”

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Interpol seeks West Papuan tribal leader living in UK

November 28, 2011
Benny Wenda
Benny Wenda was issued with a red notice by Interpol at the request of the Indonesians

BBC News UK on November 24, 2011 released the following:

By Danny Shaw
Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

A tribal leader from an Indonesian province who has been granted asylum in the UK has been named on an Interpol wanted list, the BBC has learned.

Benny Wenda, who is 36 and living in Oxford, leads a movement for the independence of West Papua.

Indonesia wants to put him on trial for several offences he is alleged to have committed before he left, including murder and arson.

Mr Wenda said the charges were “made up” and politically motivated.

Charles Foster, a lawyer who is supporting Mr Wenda, said the move by the Indonesian authorities was designed to stop Mr Wenda arguing his case for independence.

West Papua is an Indonesian province on the western tip of the island of New Guinea.

Mr Foster said: “It’s plainly affecting his ability to go around the world, doing the job which he set himself and his people have set him, which is saying to Indonesia ‘you have an obligation to have a free and fair election in West Papua and that the continued annexation of West Papua, Indonesia, is illegal under international law’.”

The government accepted Mr Wenda’s asylum application in 2002 after hearing allegations he had been persecuted by the Indonesian authorities.

‘Riddled with corruption’

Mr Wenda had been arrested for his alleged involvement in an attack on a police station.

He claimed that during his detention he was held in appalling conditions and threatened and beaten by prison guards and intelligence officers, who had tried to kill him. His subsequent trial was said by an observer to be “riddled with corruption”.

However, Mr Wenda managed to escape from the country and fled to the UK, eventually settling in Oxford with his wife and six children, and was granted British citizenship.

It has now emerged that earlier this year he was issued with a red notice by Interpol at the request of the Indonesians.

A red notice acts as an alert to Interpol’s 190 member countries that an individual is wanted by another country.

Anyone subject to it can be arrested and is liable to be extradited.

In Mr Wenda’s case, Interpol said the red notice was issued by Papua Regional Police CID for “crimes involving the use of weapons/explosives”.

“When I saw this it really made me scared,” Mr Wenda told BBC News.

This is Indonesia watching me, even here. That was shocking me you know”

Mr Foster said travelling outside the UK would in future be “risky” for Mr Wenda.

“Whenever he goes across a border his name is likely to flash up on the screen of the immigration officials and he’s likely to be ushered into a little room for questioning,” he said.

“Of course, the politics of that country will determine to some extent what happens after that.”

‘Peaceful campaigner’
An Indonesian Embassy official said Mr Wenda belonged to a “clandestine organisation dedicated to secede from Indonesia using any means available to them” and was wanted on suspicion of offences including murder and arson.

Billy Wibisono, Third Secretary (Information and Socio-Cultural Affairs), said: “Mr Wenda and several other accomplices participated in an attack of the Abepura Police Station on 7 December 2000 and caused the deaths and destruction of property.”

He said six police officers and civilians died in the attack, and that several government buildings and other premises were damaged.

“Weapons, firearms and munitions were stolen from the police station,” Mr Wibisono said, adding that the red notice would be withdrawn if Mr Wenda “can prove his innocence in our court of law”.

Mr Wenda said the allegations were “completely made up” and that he had always been a peaceful campaigner for independence.

“I was not even in the country at the time and Indonesia could not find a single independent witness against me. It is these political-motivated charges that meant the UK gave me asylum but, years later, Indonesia is still threatening me with them,” he said.

Jago Russell, Chief Executive of Fair Trials International, which is backing Mr Wenda, is calling on Interpol to withdraw the red notice.

“There are a number of countries which are using Interpol red notices against political opponents, or freedom fighters, so clearly Indonesia is in the case of Benny Wenda,” said Mr Russell.

He said red notices had been issued on behalf of the Syrian and Iranian authorities and that Colonel Gaddafi used the scheme in Libya.

“There certainly is a pattern of it having been used for political purposes even though it is expressly stated in the constitution of Interpol that that’s not what it should be used for,” he said.

Interpol refused to comment on Mr Wenda’s case but released a statement saying that red notices were issued only when details of a valid arrest warrant were provided by the requesting country.

“Interpol’s role is not to question allegations against an individual, nor to gather evidence, so a red notice is issued based on a presumption that the information provided by the police is accurate and relevant,” it said.

The agency added red notices would be withdrawn where the information provided was insufficient or “not convincing”.”

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