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How long will legislation allow people to be locked up without charges?

Doug Singh

The murder count stands at thirty-three since the beginning of the year. That has put the government in emergency mode. On Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced tough but controversial measures to deal with the lawlessness in the streets. Preventive Detention is one of the measures that the P.M. took to Cabinet on Tuesday to combat the increased violence. The measure, as evaluated by most critics, simply means rounding up the usual suspects for the night or the weekend. But some media reports have quoted that the legislation will allow officers to keep poor males locked up for up to three months without any pending charges. And though it appears that convicts of petty crimes may actually spend less time behind bars, Minister of Police Doug Singh, says that the detention period is actually much less and will be an adequate measure when witnesses to crimes are being threatened before they give testimony in the courts.

Doug Singh, Minister of Police

“First of all it is not sixty or ninety days as is being touted out there by members of the media and certainly by members of the opposition—it certainly is not that—I don’t know where that number came from. In the initial piece of legislation that was submitted; was being proposed, it was seven days up to maximum of thirty days. The government is looking at perhaps an outside period of twenty-one days—perhaps maybe between fourteen to twenty-one days—certainly with checks and balances; certainly with provisions in their for the protection and to avoid the abuse. The previous proposal said seven days in the first instance and an order could be sought from a Judge to extend it up to thirty days. There will also be these kinds of safeguards in the constitutional amendment, but there will be also the provisional legislation that will come that will actually support this constitutional amendment that will deal with the detail safeguards that will spell out exactly how one will go about getting these kind of orders, what kind of a body will be established, the kind of independence and the kind of protection for citizen rights would be put in place to ensure that there is no abuse in this form of a legislation.”

Isani Cayetano

“In this particular case, for instance, if someone has been detained and released. Can there be another order to re-arrest that person or have him detained again if there is a suspicion?”

Doug Singh

“I can’t tell you that at this point in time that has been looked at, but as I said we are at the preliminary stages and anything is possible. You are suggesting, as an avoidance of abuse; that you just don’t release somebody and detain them. It is possible that provisions can be made for that but once again safeguards would have to be put in place to warrant that because there might be circumstances where you need to detain somebody for possibly longer; especially if it’s a threat to a witness. For arguments sake; if a pending case is ongoing and you need to actually keep that person out of circulation because of possible risks to a witness, it might be necessary. So we cannot eliminate it altogether but we certainly must put in place the provisions to safeguard it from abuse.”

Jules Vasquez, 7News

“Is there, specifically with preventative detention, the government, the Prime Minister has expressed he is absolutely determined to do it. However, when it goes to the House of Representatives for the required amendments with the law and the constitution, will there be the usual round of consultations, public consultations that accompanies any such law?”

Doug Singh

“All that will have to be discussed. We are talking about a constitutional amendment and Constitution amendment does have a process that it follows. So I assume that the very same process will be. I am not saying to the extent maybe that it was done before, but I suspect that all that will be discussed by cabinet and the decisions will be made accordingly. I cannot speak unilaterally.”

Jules Vasquez, 7News

“Yes, but I just want to be clear; as clear as the Prime Minister was, but the government will do this?”

Doug Singh

“The government is committed to do this.”

The Cabinet has also approved trial by judge alone for murder cases, but details about this new proposed legislation has not yet been disclosed.

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Preventative Detention Explained

The Police Minister also spoke about preventative detention. As the Prime Minister had indicated, government is committed to go through with it - but Singh says we've gotten it wrong: the proposal is not for detention of 90 days, it's 21 days. He explained:..

Doug Singh, Minister of Police and Public Safety
"First of all, it is not 60 days or 90 days as is being touted there by members of the media, and certainly by members of the Opposition. It certainly is not that; I don't know where that number came from. In the initial piece of legislation that was submitted - that was being proposed - it was 7 days, up to a maximum of 30 days. The Government is looking at, perhaps, an outside period of 21 days, perhaps may be between 14 to 21 days, certainly with checks and balances, certainly with provisions in there for the protection, and to avoid the abuse."

As currently proposed, a judge would have to give the order to extend it to 30 days. The preventative detention law will require a constitutional amendment which Singh says will necessarily go through the required process of consultation. He says the provisional legislation will detail the safeguards against abuse that will be built into the law.

And for those who aren't quite clear on it, preventative detention means detaining someone for up to three weeks on the suspicion that they are somehow involved in a crime or gang activity, even though police don't have reason to charge them.

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Belize wants trial by judge alone in certain criminal cases

BELMOPAN, Belize -- In a move to expedite the hearing of criminal cases and to tighten its grip on criminal activities in Belize, the government is moving to introduce stringent legislation.

Cabinet on Tuesday decided to introduce a Bill in the House of Representatives proposing constitutional changes for preventive detention, subject to the appropriate safeguards.

The lawmakers also agreed to present legislation for the provision of trial by judge alone in certain limited cases and circumstances, and to present amendments to the law to preserve the anonymity of witnesses in gang-related cases.

Legislation is also being considered to increase the penalties in gang-related offences.

Attorney General B.Q. Pitts has been mandated by the Cabinet to invite the Belize Bar Association to comment on the proposed new amendments.

These changes are to be introduced in the light of the upsurge of crime in the country. So far this year, 33 murders have been reported in Belize, which has a population of 310,000.

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I have mixed feelings about changing the constitution of course, but have no doubt that as long as the Police Gang Supression Unit are doing their job clamping down on guns and drug trafficking, the gangs will retaliate by killing innocent people and intimidate or kill witnesses. Social programs are great, but many of these gangs members are socio and psychopaths and one can not 'grow' a conscience. I wish there was a better plan, but everyone knows who is involved with what and better to take them off the streets than allow them to wreak havoc on the southside of Belize City and beyond.

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PM Barrow talks to Amandala on “preventative detention” proposals

The Barrow administration first proposed preventative detention in April 2008, but scrapped those plans about a month later, in the face of vocal public opposition. With a spike in wanton murders this weekend, Prime Minister Dean Barrow promptly announced on Monday, April 4, that his administration would push through those preventative detention proposals, regardless of opposition to them.

“It is admittedly a draconian move,” Barrow asserted.

When preventative detention was first proposed, the plan was for an initial detention of 7 days, with a possible extension to 30 days. Speaking with Amandala Wednesday evening, Barrow said, “For sure it will not be as little as 7 days” this time around.

He told us that the time for detention will have to be increased—to a minimum of 14 days, although he is proposing a 21-day detention period, during which a person, and specifically a gang member, could be held without being charged for any crime.

Cabinet announced after its meeting this Tuesday, April 5, that it supports the introduction of a Bill in the House of Representatives for changes to the Belize Constitution which would make preventative detention legal, subject to the appropriate safeguards.

Another major decision endorsed at this week’s Cabinet meeting but not disclosed in the press release, was a decision to hire a foreign Commissioner of Police, a post for which applications would be taken from across the Commonwealth. ComPol Crispin Jeffries would be retained until the replacement comes within the next 3 to 6 months.

A further measure announced in Cabinet’s Tuesday release is the introduction of laws to allow trial by judge alone, rather than judge and jury, in cases of murder.

Fourthly, Cabinet agreed to amendments to preserve the anonymity of witnesses in gang-related cases.

As the law now stands, the names of witnesses are disclosed to the defense before or during trial, and witness intimidation and even the killing of witnesses have occurred.

 Amandala did wide research on the Internet to see where preventative detention has been used and in what fashion it has been applied.

Formal application is rare within our region. However, we found cases from Costa Rica, where reports of preventative detention are frequently in the media for anything from suspicion of money laundering to allegations of wife beating, but also for persons accused of gang-related crimes. Detention in Costa Rica can be ordered for up to a year.

Countries like the UK had introduced preventative detention provisions in anti-terrorism strategies. The UK organization, the National Council for Civil Liberties (also known as Liberty) documents that, “Until January 2011, for individuals suspected of terrorism, the maximum period of pre-charge detention was 28 days – more than seven times the limit for someone suspected of murder.”

The system began to be introduced in 2000, when the time for detention was 7 days, but it was increased in 2003 to 14 days. A proposal in 2006 to implement preventative detention for 90 days was scuttled, and it was then increased to 28 days. The time limit has, this year, reverted to 14 days.

We asked Prime Minister Barrow what model Belize is following. His response: the UK model.

As the law of Belize now stands, suspects can be held for 48 hours (2 days), and if they are not charged, they must be let go. The introduction of the new preventative detention laws would mean that persons could be held seven times longer, at a minimum, without being charged.

Barrow, who said the proposal to introduce preventative detention in 2008 and again in 2011 was his idea, told our newspaper that whereas he is proposing not less than 14 days and up to 21 days, he would be guided by the recommendations of the professionals in the security forces.

He told us that apart from amending the Constitution to allow for extended preventative detention, an ordinary law would have to be passed before the government implements preventative detention. This ordinary law would spell out the process to be engaged in by law enforcement authorities.

Barrow said that the targets of preventative detention would be persons in gangs whose names are on an official list.

The recent killings, said Barrow, were said to have been a message to police, who had locked up a gang leader—a message that the gangs could operate with impunity.

In order to avoid this in the future, said Barrow, the police would have to lock up all the known players to ensure that none of them will act.

All known “shooters” would be picked up in the future to prevent an escalation in crime or a retaliation, said Barrow. He added that they would be held in custody until things “cool off.”


7 News archives online contains three stories that detail past efforts by the Police Department to do this type of preventative detention, albeit for a much shorter time, due to restrictions that limit how long a suspect can be held without being charged for a crime.

In February 2006, the news station had reported that police had rounded up 100 boys and men from the City, as a part of “pro-active policing” efforts. Police has said the persons had been taken in to talk—never locked inside a cell. Women relatives were furious at the police for the sudden and sweeping round-up.

In June 2007, it had been reported that armed police had been rounding up key gang figures from George Street and Back A Town, to try and diffuse tensions.

In August 2007, it had been reported that about 60 young men from the City had been detained, but released the following morning.

Preventative detention, where it is formalized, can either be ordered by the executive (Central Government) or by the judiciary (the courts.)

Apart from crime prevention, such orders have been used internationally to hold key persons for extended interrogation while an investigation is ongoing.

In a paper titled, “Preventive Detention in the War on Terror: A Comparison of How the United States, Britain, and Israel Detain and Incapacitate Terrorist Suspects,” Stephanie Cooper Blum wrote: “Although difficulty in convicting a person in ordinary criminal proceedings is not a reason for employing administrative detention, if evidence is classified and cannot be disclosed, administrative detention becomes an option.”

Preventative detention usually sparks concerns over human rights abuses against persons who may innocently fall into the net of the security forces.

We asked the Prime Minister whether the legislation would be specifically worded to say that the persons to be subject to preventative detention are gang members—he said yes, since he is “not interested in another single solitary soul,” and he is not interested in using the provisions as a net to catch drug traffickers, except where they, too, are involved in gang activities.

Barrow said that the detainees would be limited to people on a police list and named with supporting documentation.

When we asked him to what extent democratic liberties would be preserved, he said he would not “ring fence” the laws to the extent that preventative detention would be rendered a failure.

When we asked him about the administration of detention orders, Barrow indicated that the initial thought is to have a 3-person committee, perhaps Senator Godwin Hulse and two others, who the police would make a case to before they get a preventative detention order against suspects.

He said, however, that it may conversely be decided that the order should be issued through the court.


Barrow said that he wants to have the proposed amendments and laws, including the laws to permit anonymity of witnesses, introduced no later than the end of April or the first week in May.

“Are you concerned that this strategy will backfire?” we asked the Prime Minister.

He said that he does not think introducing preventative detention will make the crime situation worse. “If we do nothing, except increase police presence, I don’t think we will have any effect,” he commented.

Barrow closed by saying that the package of measures has been expanded to also focus on the provision of more jobs infrastructure. He said that the government is also exploring options for financing to boost private sector growth, which would, in turn, create jobs.

We asked the Prime Minister if he has decided to not pursue recommendations, made separately by Wayne Uter and C.B. Hyde, for a conscription or mandatory labor, usually for military service but not limited to that, and Barrow said it is something he would shortly review.

He told us that he would have his legal drafts-people put together a summary of what would be required, and also ask a finance team to look at the costing, depending on the persons to be targeted.

He indicated that while Government cannot afford a full-blown national draft program, a limited version to target a few hundred people in the first instance, could be considered.


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Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced this week that among his new get-tough plans to push back the rising tide of murderous activity, he will pass into law preventative detention, that will be geared to take habitual criminals off the streets.

He will also move for certain capital offence cases to be tried by a panel of judges instead of a panel of 12 jurors.

The death penalty, Prime Minister Barrow noted is still on our law books, but it will be necessary to amend the Constitution to allow for certain capital cases to be tried by judges and for preventative detention.

Prime Minister Barrow along with Minister of Police and Public Safety Doug Singh, and Minister of Defense Carlos Perdomo briefed the media on the weekend’s surge of shootings at a press conference at the Racoon Street Police Station Conference Room on Monday.

The press conference was broadcast to the nation, and the Prime Minister began by extending his condolences to the families of the victims, before he announced his intention to seek Cabinet approval for sweeping crime-fighting initiatives to address a situation which he admitted had reached “crisis proportions.”

Belizeans rejected the idea of preventative detention in a country-wide consultation, when Barrow’s new administration first floated the idea two years ago as a crime- fighting tool. The Prime Minister had quietly withdrawn the proposal after it encountered stiff resistance.

But a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and there have been renewed and persistent calls to bring back capital punishment.

“We have amended various pieces of legislation in an effort to strengthen the legal arsenal of the Police,” Prime Minister Barrow said.

“We’ve introduced new limitations on bail, we have said that in the case of certain people who are known offenders, the courts now have the power when there is no choice but ultimately to grant bail, to restrict their freedom of movement; to say they can’t leave their places of abode within certain hours; to say they cannot be found in particular areas of the city.

“I am yet to hear, since we passed that legislation of any instance in which the courts have in fact imposed any of the limitations.

“I am not blaming the courts. As we said this morning, it might be that our prosecutors are not making the requests ..... but we certainly have to ensure that we use all the tools that are available to us.

“Again we are going to change the law, and we have already introduced the legislation that will put a stop to that.

“As it is, when a person is originally charged with a firearm offence, he cannot get bail from the Magistrate’s Court. He has to wait and go to the Supreme Court (because) when you are charged you can’t get bail.

“But when you are convicted, you can get bail just like that! There’s something radically wrong there.

“Another thing, these people appeal their sentences in the Magistrate’s Court and that’s a get-out-of-jail free card. Not only are they given bail pending an appeal, the appeal never gets heard!

“We are going to introduce a law that requires magistrates....!

“I am sorry, I do not care who I offend. This is an extremely serious matter, and I am beyond the point where I have to worry about bruised feelings.

“We are going to pass a law that will give the Magistrates a time limit within which, that is the case now, they have to prepare their reasons for decision. It is just that now there’s the requirement, but it is violated with impunity and nothing happens.

“ Well, consequences are now going to attach to the failure of any Magistrate to prepare the reasons for decisions in a timely fashion so that the appeal can be dealt with and so these people don’t simply abuse the system and ... get away scot free.

“I will go to Cabinet tomorrow and I will ask to re-introduce the provisions to change the Constitution to bring into force preventive detention laws.

“Again I am very sorry. On the last occasion there was an outcry! We are at a point now where if all people of good sense among us don’t realize that the situation is so extreme as to demand a measure like that, then I am sorry!

“We will simply have to proceed in the face of whatever opposition there is. The Attorney General is being asked to meet with the upper judiciary.

“The death penalty is still on the books in this country. It is not like before where (if) you are convicted of murder you should, in the normal course, be sentenced to death. A lesser sentence can be passed ...(in) some cases of murder.

“I haven’t been a lawyer to practice criminal law for a while, but I know enough to know that there is murder and there is murder ... It is not in every case of murder that the court is even able to pass the sentence of death.

But in those cases where in fact the court is entitled to pass the sentence of death, we want that sentence in fact imposed.

“It is true that we are not catching very many of them , but that is even more reason to ensure that when we do catch and convict somebody, the maximum penalty is in fact applied!

“I will not get into the arguments about deterrents and all that kind of stuff. I certainly am convinced that if you impose the maximum penalty, that will act as a deterrent. “It will certainly deter the one that you execute.”

PM Barrow also indicated that he intends to do away with trial by jury for murder cases. He did not elaborate on how he would do this. But it is generally conceded that if there is no trial by jury, there has to be trial by a competent trio of judges.

The Prime Minister also said that he will be looking at ways to preserve the confidentiality of persons who give eye witness statements, without compromising the evidence to be presented before the courts.

Police Minister Douglas Singh provided statistics of crime in Belize City, and promised the Police Department and the Belize Defence Force would beef up patrols on the streets “to take back control of Belize City from the criminal elements”.

“January and February showed an average of three murders per month in the city,” Singh said.

But in the month of March, “there was an extreme spike, with a total of 12 murders in March alone. We are now only a few days into April and we’ve had four murders just over the weekend.

The pattern showed that as of March 10, there has been an increase or a sustained pattern of murder, in particular gang violence and gang related murders in the city, an average of about three per weekend which has brought us up to that number of 12 for the entire month.”

“Before that time, we had joint operations with BDF and sustained operations by the Police Department.

“Since the spike, we have put additional resources on the ground. As a matter of fact, last weekend alone, which was a record weekend, we had cycling teams in operations of about 10 cyclists, which is an additional resource that we put on.

“We had a total of 25 police officers that were deployed from Belmopan in the streets of Belize; we had an additional 18 persons from various districts countrywide who formed part of the support base in Belize during that period.

“It is as a result of the increased presence on the streets that we were able to apprehend two individuals and got what we believe to be two guns that we believe were used in two of the murders over the weekend.

“In one case the gang unit was quick and they responded within 15 minutes and was able to detain the individual and found the firearm.

“In the case of the latter, the murder of the Chinese lady, there was also a speedy response that also realized a suspect who I believe has been identified in a line-up parade today and also the weapon that we believe to have been involved in that murder.

“This increased (police) presence is a part of our reaction (to) the escalating crime. It is not a result of a lack of action by the Police Department.

“We have to go back to the drawing board and analyze the reasons for what is going on. There was a co-ordinated meeting yesterday, and in that meeting a number of reactions have been planned. This is to help keep the citizens of Belize safer.

“Those include certainly additional policing and specifically we have had a commitment from the BDF to deploy an additional company, 30 additional officers to work in the sustained operation to boost the Police and BDF operations in the City and in specific crime ridden areas.

“The Belmopan Police staff will continue to be deployed to Belize City for the remainder of the week, and ongoing which will see a total of 20 additional personnel to conduct foot patrols.

“In other words, the exercise that we had last week will continue. It will be sustained because we have noted that the additional manpower on the street has led to some level of success in the apprehension of these individuals.”

Other Cabinet ministers present included Minister of Works, Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Education and Youth. Patrick Faber, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and Attorney General, Bernard Pitts.

The Reporter

Editorial, The Reporter

It would be unthinkable for a court of justice to try to operate without evidence.

Evidence is the key! Without it there can be no prosecution; no conviction; no justice!

Consider this: There were at least two witnesses who saw what happened when a teenage gunman entered a certain Chinese fried chicken establishment last Saturday afternoon and shot dead the woman who was serving him.

These witnesses will talk to friends and relatives. They may even be persuaded to talk to the press. But they don’t want talk to the police. .

Even if they are persuaded to talk to the cops, they most certainly will not want to go to court to testify about what they saw!


They know what happens to people who come forward to give evidence. Many are terrorized. Some are killed? Members of their family have been hurt. The police have been able to offer them no protection and no compensation for their loss.

If law enforcement wants to count on the collaboration of the public to reduce crime, it must provide a secure and safe way for witnesses to give evidence. Law enforcement must find innovative ways to secure the evidence needed to win a conviction.

Various ideas have been discussed in the press - for example: video-taped statements, pre-trial evidence taken under oath in private, and quick trials within 30 days of the offence.

There may be other effective ways of gathering and preserving the evidence. In many developed cities there are surveillance cameras which help to identify law-breakers. More and more business places in Belize are going for this option. Surveillance cameras are expensive, but they can be worth their weight in silver if they help to save lives.

The trend towards surveillance cameras could be speeded up if government were to provide incentives for people to buy and install these cameras. Certainly it is an option which every conscientious business-owner should consider.

Murder in Belize has become a business! Many times we look in the wrong places for motive and we don’t find any. But when we understand that unscrupulous people can now safely pay money to have an adversary or an enemy “removed,” we begin to understand the enormity and grotesque nature of the problem.

At his press conference this week, the Prime Minister promised that he would look for ways to protect witnesses who have important testimony to offer. We believe that this is the key. The first priority for our justice system must be to obtain and preserve the evidence!

Even if we decide to deal severely with killers by invoking the death penalty; even if we amend our Constitution to change the way we put killers on public trial, we first have to catch them before we can hang them!

But we are not catching them. And we will not be able to catch them unless or until we can build new confidence in the witness programme and find a way for witnesses to deliver their testimony in safety

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Earlier this month Prime Minister Dean Barrow shared his own remedy on how he would crack down on crime in Belize. Chief among those were: introducing laws to put in place preventative detention; removing trials by jury in murder cases; and lastly, hiring a foreign police commissioner to lead the Police Department. The opposition People’s United Party for its part, agrees that crime is out of control and that something needs to be done urgently, but it is, at the same time, concerned about how the quick fixes will affect people’s lives and rights. Deputy PUP leader, Francis Fonseca, told Love News today that the measures taken must be measured and fair.

Francis Fonseca – Deputy Leader, PUP

“It’s a serious situation that we face, we recognize that, a crisis situation as the Prime Minister has rightly called it, but our response has to be very careful – a careful response and a measured response as I said. So - preventative detention - we want to wait and see the specific proposals but we certainly do not support a constitutional amendment that would allow for this government or any future government to have that kind of authority and power over the citizens of Belize. I believe it is unnecessary and it can lead to abuse. We are sick and fed up of crime ourselves. Crime doesn’t make a distinction between PUP and UDP. Bullets don’t know the difference between red and blue. So it’s not a political issue. But we have a responsibility as the Opposition to make certain that when the Government is proposing to make changes in the law, that those changes are done in a responsible way. We can’t just think about today. We’ll look at the specific proposals, but we will not support a constitutional amendment that will take away that fundamental right from Belizeans to know why they’re being charged and to have them know why they’re being charged within a specific period, forty eight hours. Yes there can be specific measure where people are picked up for a particular period of time and we’re prepared to look at that. We have to go back to the position when we had those police sub-stations fully manned, fully equipped with radios, vehicles. Those are very critical if we’re going to effectively deal with the crime problems. We are fully committed to working with the government on advancing a strong anti-crime agenda. That has been our position for a long time, but obviously the government has to lead the way. The government has to set the agenda, they have to set the vision, they have to develop the work plan and then we will do our part.”

And while introducing laws to hold people in custody is a worry for the PUP, it also finds great problem in accepting the notion of trying persons charged with murder without a jury.

Francis Fonseca – Deputy Leader, PUP

“Trial by jury is a fundamental component of our democratic society. It’s a fundamental pillar of the rule of law. The ability to get a fair trial, to have due process, to be able to be tried in front of your peers, that is a long established tradition of the law that goes back for centuries. I don’t think we should be playing with that here in Belize. And I think as was evident in the recent Pipersburgh murder trial, it’s clear that juries are prepared to convict persons who are charged with murder. But what is important is that the evidence be presented to them. We recognize, of course, that there is a serious problem when it comes to witness intimidation. That is a real problem and so the issue of vulnerable witness, which we had proposed when we were in government and which was enacted by this government I think two years ago, allowing witness statements into evidence without the witness actually appearing in court, I think those are issues that we have to explore, because we recognize that that is a real challenge – witnesses are afraid to come forward and testify against persons charged with crime.”


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Deputy Leader of the PUP Francis Fonseca speaks out against Preventative Detention. He sat down for an interview with Love TV's Marion Ali

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