Saturday, March 28, 2009

NEWS: Wolfensohn and Camdesus concern for Anwar but not justice for victim Saiful

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When Anwar's sodomy act surfaced again, former World Bank chief, James Wolfensohn, and former head of International Monetary Fund, Michel Camdessus from his days as Minister of Finance came out in support.

They together with former Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin seek Malaysia to drop charges. The AFP news report below:

Ex-IMF, WB bosses ask Malaysia to drop Anwar sodomy charge

Agence France-Presse
July 25, 2008

PARIS -- Malaysia should drop its sodomy charges against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, said a joint statement by three former leading figures on the international stage.

"We have heard with deep concern the charges filed against the honorable Datuk Seri Dr. Anwar Ibrahim," said the statement by former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin, ex-World Bank chief James Wolfensohn, and Michel Camdessus, the former head of the International Monetary Fund.

They said the charges were brought "in spite of the fact that similar unsubstantiated charges filed 10 years ago against him were overturned by the Supreme Court."

They therefore hoped that "the government of Malaysia will ... demonstrate, by dropping the charges... an exemplary sense of respect for the rights of the individual which are so important to the international standing of Malaysia."

The three reiterated their "full confidence in his (Anwar's) moral integrity."

Anwar spent a night in custody last week after being arrested over accusations that he sodomized a 23-year-old male aide. He was released on bail.

The events threaten to derail Anwar's spectacular political comeback, after March elections that handed the opposition a third of parliamentary seats.

Anwar was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges widely seen as politically motivated. The sex conviction was overturned by the nation's highest court in 2004.
Did they bother to ask about the victim, Saiful? Don't he need the justice he deserve? Shouldn't the court be the deciding party in a criminal issue in which one is a victim?

Monday, March 23, 2009

NEWS: Anwar claims Fairus quit to pursue studies

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by Adib Zalkapli
The Malaysia Insider, Sunday, 22 March 2009

PETALING JAYA, March 21 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim avoided comment today on the cloud of suspicion over abuse of power allegations by Fairus Khairuddin, claiming instead that the Penang deputy chief minister had quit to pursue his studies.

Anwar claimed that Fairus wanted to pursue a post-graduate degree.

His resignation, which takes affect from April 8, was only made public today and was said to be related to the reports lodged by a party member that two senior PKR leaders were involved in corruption.


"It would not be easy for him to continue to function as deputy chief minister and state executive councillor. I accept and respect his decision," Anwar told reporters, adding that his relationship with Fairus was still good.

"We are still in communication. In fact he contacted me this morning," he added.

Despite Anwar's claims, it is understood the de facto PKR leader had instructed Fairus to quit his post because mounting allegations against the DCM had made his position untenable.

Rumour of Fairus's resignation began to surface on Wednesday but Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had issued an immediate denial.

Anwar had previously ticked off Fairus publicly because he was unhappy that the DCM failed to even visit his constituency.

Anwar said today that Fairus remains the state assemblyman for Penanti.

"He can still come to his constituency to perform his duties," he said.

When asked who would replace Fairus in the Penang government, the Opposition Leader said the matter did not arise.

"The chief minister had said that he will take over his duties," said Anwar.

On reported opposition to the selection of S. Manikumar as the PKR candidate for the Bukit Selambau by-election, Anwar said it was not possible to get a candidate who could satisfy every party and hoped that Hindraf would not field an independent.

"My relationship with Uthayakumar and Waytamoorthy is good. I hope they will consider the interest of the Indian community and Hindus rather than the interest of a few individuals," said Anwar.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

NEWS: Anwar to re-submit file on black-eye case

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The Star, Friday, 20 March 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he would re-submit to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission a complete file of materials and documents in relation to allegations that the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General had covered up his “black-eye” case.

Anwar, who had on March 3, submitted documents relating to the case to various commission members, said he had not got a response but would submit a complete dossier this time.

“The last time I only submitted part of the documents available. I am also writing to the MACC advisory board chairman Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad to ask for a review of the previous decision by its commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan that there was no case,” he said yesterday.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz had earlier told Dewan Rakyat that a panel probing Anwar’s complaints had cleared Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail of any wrongdoing.

Friday, March 20, 2009

NEWS: Anwar coy about Fairus’s future

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by Lee Wei Lian & Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
The Malaysian Insider Thursday

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was forced today to dispel swirling rumours that he had asked PKR’s Penang deputy chief minister Fairus Khairuddin to resign amid a cloud of suspicion.

But The Malaysian Insider understands that Anwar is planning to announce Fairus’s resignation at a public rally in Bukit Gantang, Perak tonight.

Anwar appeared uneasy when asked by reporters in Parliament about speculation over Fairus’s position.

“As far as I know, Fairus is carrying out his duties and is on leave for a few days,” he replied when asked to confirm the rumours.

“There are many other national issues,” he said when pressed on the issue, and declined to elaborate further.

Despite Anwar’s best efforts, it appears that Fairus’s position in the Penang state government appears untenable because he faces a mountain of allegations over suspected abuse of power.

Earlier today, Penang Chuef Minister Lim Guan Eng also denied his deputy had resigned.

“As of now he is still the deputy chief minister,” Lim had told reporters.

When asked if he was pleased with Fairus’s performance as DCM, Anwar replied that he had performed well in some areas but had room for improvement in others.

He also sidestepped a question on whether there were conflicts between Fairus and PKR.

“Umno also is conflicting with PKR,” he replied.

Speculation about Fairus’s resignation surfaced yesterday after an anonymous text message was circulated saying that he was instructed to quit by Anwar over allegations of abuse of power.

Fairus’s appointment as deputy chief minister has been a source of controversy and he has been told off by Anwar for not even visiting his constituency. He was also forced to quit as Penang Football Association president due to his lack of enthusiasm.

Speculation is also rife that he is one of two PKR leaders in Penang accused of corrupt dealings involving a quarry.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

MYSTERY: US State Department defend Anwar's sodomy act?

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The US State Department had issued the Human Rights Country Report 2008 for Malaysia. The report is available in full here. The report mentioned of Anwar's sodomy case and cited issues with regard to the manner the police undertook their work. Read the snippet below:

On July 16, authorities arrested political opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged consensual sodomy with a former aide and held Anwar overnight for questioning. The Bar Council and other civil society groups objected to the police use of intimidating tactics to arrest Anwar one hour before Anwar was due at the police station for voluntarily arranged questioning. On July 28, the police reportedly questioned and briefly detained a medical doctor who found no evidence of sodomy when examining the complainant, which the Bar Council described as "very troubling." On August 7, prosecutors charged Anwar in court under the penal code for "consensual carnal intercourse against the order of nature," which carries a potential sentence of 20 years in jail. The court released Anwar on bail, and the case remained ongoing at year's end.

Despite official affirmations that Anwar's arrest and prosecution were not politically based, senior government officials made repeated public comments prejudicial to the case. Government officials also highlighted the charges during a late-August by-election, which resulted in Anwar's election to parliament. Civil society groups, including human rights organizations, and international Muslim figures raised concerns over the political motivation of the government's prosecution of Anwar; they drew parallels between Anwar's arrest during the year with Anwar's arrest in 1998 and subsequent conviction for sodomy, which was overturned on appeal in 2004.
All one needs to remember back to the days of the incident to recall Anwar's antic when a police report was lodged against him. The US State Department basically took Anwar's acting and excuses "hook, line and sinker" without getting the police side of the story.

The report questioned remarks and statements made by officials deemed as prejudicial against Anwar but did no mention of Anwar's wild accusations against many parties which are equally prejudicial. Why didn't the report mention of Anwar's contemptuous accusation of Najib's involvement in a murder without submitting any evidence?

It's obvious the US State Department is bias in favour of Anwar. The powerful pro-Israeli US Government could rightfully be expressing concern for victims. One wonder why they were not concerned when Israelis are wiping Palestinians daily and about to obliterate Gaza?

Are they buttering Anwar's bread?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

NEWS: Anwar's suit against Chandra fixed for Aug 4

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The Sun, Thursday, 14 May 2009

KUALA LUMPUR (May 13, 2009) : A defamation suit brought by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Chandra Muzaffar will be heard by the High Court on Aug 4.

The date was fixed by a deputy registrar of the court today when the case was brought up for case management.

In his statement of claim filed on March 6 last year, Anwar asked for RM10 million as compensation in addition to damages in respect of slanderous statements reported in The Star and the New Straits Times of March 4.

Anwar had filed his suit after Chandra had refused to apologise or retract his statements which were made at a public forum before the 2008 general election.

Chandra, who was one of five speakers at the forum, had said that it would be an "unmitigated disaster for Malaysia" should Anwar become prime minister.

"The remarks I had made are fully borne out by facts and information within my personal knowledge. I stand by my remarks and will defend them in any court of law," Chandra had said on March 5 after Anwar threatened to sue him.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

BERITA: Kes liwat didengar Julai, Anwar kata "pertarungan sudah mula"

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Oleh ZANARIAH ABD. MUTALIB
mStar, Selasa Mac 10, 2009

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim ketika tiba di pekarangan mahkamah pagi tadi untuk mendengar sebutan semula kes liwat. - foto AP

KUALA LUMPUR: Kes liwat Ketua Umum Pakatan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan didengar oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Julai ini.

Mahkamah menetapkan 1 hingga 24 Julai sebaga tarikh perbicaraan pagi tadi.

Apabila kes itu disebut semula hari ini, Anwar mengaku tidak bersalah dan meminta dibicarakan.

Selepas tuduhan dibacakan, Anwar berkata: "Saya minta bicara, ini fitnah jahat."

Hakim Mohamad Zabidin menetapkan tarikh itu selepas kes berkenaan secara rasminya dipindahkan dari Mahkamah Sesyen hari ini walaupun mendapat bantahan daripada peguam utama Anwar, Sulaiman Abdullah.

Sulaiman berhujah bahawa sijil pemindahan kes itu sepatutnya dikemukakan kepada Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen S. M. Komathy Suppiah memandangkan perkara itu pada asalnya didengar oleh beliau.

Peguam Cara Negara II Datuk Mohamed Yusof Zainal Abiden memberitahu mahkamah bahawa Komathy sedang bercuti dan manamana mahkamah rendah boleh mendengar perkara berkenaan.

Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen Rozana Ali Yusoff bersetuju dengan Mohamed Yusof dan memindahkan kes berkenaan ke Mahkamah Tinggi.

TARIKH TIDAK TERLALU AWAL

Sebelum menetapkan tarikh perbicaraan itu, pihak pembelaan diketuai Sulaiman Abdullah meminta tarikh perbicaraan ditetapkan tidak terlalu awal memandangkan pihaknya sedang menunggu keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan berhubung permohonan semakan semula keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang memindahkan kes Anwar dari Mahkamah Sesyen ke Mahkamah Tinggi minggu lalu.

Khamis lalu, Mahkamah Tinggi memutuskan kes tersebut dipindahkan ke Mahkamah Tinggi selepas Mohamad Zabidin mengenepikan keputusan Mahkamah Sesyen 7 November lalu yang menolak permohonan pihak pendakwaan untuk memindahkan kes tersebut.

Dalam penghakimannya minggu lalu, Mohamad Zabidin berkata, Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen S.M Komathy Suppiah telah terkhilaf dalam memutuskan sijil pemindahan kes yang ditandatangani oleh Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail sebagai tidak sah.

Selain itu, Sulaiman berkata, pihaknya juga memerlukan masa untuk menerima dokumen lengkap daripada pihak pendakwaan memandangkan dokumen yang diserahkan sebelum ini termasuk termasuk rakaman percakapan, laporan DNA dan gambar tidak jelas.

Katanya, pihaknya telah menghantar dua pucuk surat kepada Peguam Negara supaya dokumen yang jelas dihantar kepada mereka namun tidak mendapat maklum balas.

Mohd. Yusof Zainal Abiden berkata, beliau tidak membaca surat yang dimaksudkan Sulaiman dan memberi jaminan akan menyerahkan dokumen tersebut.

BON BARU ANWAR

Hakim Mohamad Zabidin turut memerintahkan Anwar supaya menandatangani bon jaminan peribadi yang baru tanpa bayaran sebagai jaminan yang beliau tidak akan gagal hadir sepanjang sesi perbicaraan berlangsung.

Anwar sebelum ini menandatangani bon jaminan peribadi dengan seorang penjamin sebanyak RM20,000.

Sementara itu, Anwar ketika ditemui berkata, beliau berpuas hati dengan tarikh yang ditetapkan kerana ia akan memberi peluang kepada pihaknya membuat persediaan lebih rapi sebelum perbicaraan.

Katanya, ia juga akan memberi peluang kepada beliau untuk memberi tumpuan kepada tiga pilihan raya kecil yang akan diadakan pada 7 April ini.

"Kita juga harap perjalanan mahkamah akan berjalan bebas dan adil. Kita juga menunggu dokumen daripada pendakwa raya yang masih belum diserahkan.

"Kita harapkan perbicaraan yang adil. Sikap badan kehakiman adalah yang paling penting buat kita dan saya lantang dalam perkara ini.

"Bagaimanapun saya boleh beri jaminan kepada kamu, pertarungan sudah bermula," katanya.

Anwar dituduh meliwat bekas pembantunya, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23 di Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara antara 3.01 petang dan 4.30 petang pada 26 Jun lalu.

Jika sabit kesalahan, Anwar, 62, boleh dipenjara sehingga 20 tahun di bawah Seksyen 377B Kanun Keseksaan.

Terdahulu, sebutan semula kes Anwar didengar di Mahkamah Sesyen kira-kira pukul 10.20 pagi.

Anwar dituduh meliwat bekas pembantunya, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23 di Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara antara 3.01 petang dan 4.30 petang pada 26 Jun lalu.

Jika sabit kesalahan, Anwar, 62, boleh dipenjara sehingga 20 tahun di bawah Seksyen 377B Kanun Keseksaan.

Beliau kini bebas dengan ikat jamin seorang penjamin sebanyak RM20,000.

Sulaiman memohon kepada mahkamah memerintahkan pihak pendakwaan untuk membekalkan semua dokumen berkaitan bagi persediaan pihak pembelaan.

Beliau menegaskan bahawa pihak pembelaan memerlukan laporan DNA bagi mendapatkan pandangan pakar luar negara.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

KOLUM: Keadilan untuk Anwar?

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Awang Selamat, Mingguan Malaysia, 8hb Mac 2009

Siapa kata mahkamah di negara ini akan membuat keputusan yang tidak memihak kepada pembangkang?

Awang lontarkan pertanyaan ini kerana isu inilah yang dimainkan oleh pemimpin pembangkang yang cuba mengelirukan rakyat terutama menjelang perbicaraan sebenar kes tuduhan ke atas Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim meliwat pembantu peribadinya, Saiful Bukhari Azlan dan isu kemelut Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak sekarang.

Jika dibuat kajian, banyak kes ternyata berakhir dengan mahkamah membuat keputusan menyebelahi pemimpin pembangkang. Antaranya ialah kes liwat Anwar di Mahkamah Persekutuan 2004, kes penulis blog, Raja Petra, petisyen-petisyen pilihan raya, kes saman Mahfuz terhadap Utusan dan banyak lagi. Malah UMNO sendiri pernah diharamkan atas keputusan mahkamah.

Awang tidak terkejut dengan sentimen yang dimainkan kerana ia bukan baru. Itulah strategi pembangkang, yang sangat difahami majoriti rakyat negara ini. Keadilan hanya untuk pembangkang. Jika apa sahaja yang tidak memihak kepada mereka maka ia akan dituduh sebagai konspirasi, kezaliman dan kejahatan.

Begitu juga dalam kes Anwar dan Saiful. Daripada awal lagi, pembangkang mengambil strategi pre-emtif seolah-olah Anwar tidak bersalah sedangkan perbicaraan belum bermula. Sekali lagi, isu yang dimainkan ialah keadilan untuk Anwar. Bagaimana pula keadilan untuk rakyat kecil seperti Saiful?

Sebab itu, Awang tidak faham mengapa ada pihak yang gundah dan mahu melengah-lengahkan perbicaraan kes tersebut sedangkan Anwar telah dihadapkan ke mahkamah untuk pertuduhan pada Ogos tahun lalu - tempoh yang lama.

Lagi lama kes itu tertangguh kepada isu-isu yang berlegar kepada soal semakan permohonan dan bantahan, selagi itulah ia juga menafikan keadilan untuk pengadu kes ini iaitu Saiful.

Harapan Awang dan rakyat, janganlah ada mana-mana pihak gentar dengan proses keadilan di mahkamah negara ini termasuk bagi kes Anwar - Saiful. Sebenarnya ini adalah kesempatan terbaik kepada Anwar untuk mempertahankan diri dan membersihkan tuduhan terbaru yang dihadapinya. Setelah dipersoalkan oleh banyak pihak kerana tidak berani melakukan sumpah laknat atau muhabalah sebagaimana yang dilakukan oleh Saiful, Anwar boleh tampil dengan berani dan menyakinkan di mahkamah bagi membuktikan dia di pihak yang benar.

Kepada Saiful, Awang harap beliau dapat terus bersabar melalui ujian yang amat berat ini. Terbaru, ada laman blog pembangkang yang mendakwa dia tenat akibat sumpah laknat yang dilafazkannya di dalam masjid, tahun lalu.

Sebaliknya beliau kelihatan sihat, cergas dan tenang ketika muncul di balai polis untuk membuat laporan mengenai fitnah yang dilemparkan menerusi laman blog itu, baru- baru ini. Fitnah sebegini pernah dihadapi oleh beberapa tokoh seperti bekas Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor dan juga Ketua Polis Negara sekarang, Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

Adalah menyedihkan fitnah ini menimpa mereka yang cuma menjalankan tugas, tanggungjawab dan mahu menegakkan kebenaran. Golongan pencipta dan penyebar fitnah ini lupa bahawa akhirnya Allah yang menentukan segala-galanya.

Awang masih ingat bagaimana suatu ketika dahulu ramai termasuk ulama pembangkang melakukan sembahyang hajat selepas Anwar dipecat daripada kerajaan dan dipenjarakan kerana kesalahan liwat. Malah ada pemimpin pembangkang yang mengaitkan sembahyang hajat itu untuk tujuan pembalasan terhadap mantan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, yang diramalkan akan menerima akibatnya dalam masa terdekat. Dengan izin Allah, Tun Mahathir bukan sahaja melalui hidup yang lebih tenang, sejahtera malah terus disegani termasuk di peringkat antarabangsa. Apa maknanya? Awang tidak mahu dan tidak layak untuk menafsir panjang. Tetapi seperti kata Saiful dalam laman blognya, yang hak pasti berdiri dan yang batil pasti jatuh.


BISIK-BISIK AWANG SELAMAT

Thursday, March 5, 2009

BERITA: Saiful Buat Laporan Polis Berhubung Fitnah Mengenai Kesihatannya

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KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Mac (Bernama) -- Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, bekas pembantu peribadi Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, membuat laporan polis hari ini terhadap sebuah blog yang mendakwa beliau kini tenat akibat sumpah laknat yang dibuat berkaitan satu tuduhan liwat tahun lepas.

Mohd Saiful Bukhari, 23, yang hadir di Balai Polis Damansara pada 11 pagi bersama-sama bapanya, Azlan Mohd Lazim dan peguam, Zamry Idrus, selesai membuat laporan 45 minit kemudian.

Katanya laporan itu dibuat bagi meminta polis menyiasat penulis blog dan pengendali laman web berkenaan yang memfitnahnya dengan mengatakan bahawa beliau kini terpaksa menggunakan tiub bagi membolehkannya membuang air besar serta alat sulitnya bernanah.

"Mereka itu mendakwa ia adalah balasan akibat termakan sumpah laknat yang telah saya buat. Ini adalah pembohongan besar dan fitnah jahat yang tidak benar sama sekali. Saya amat sihat," katanya selepas membuat laporan polis itu.

Mohd Saiful Bukhari berkata beliau kini dalam proses meneliti segala maklumat yang ada sebelum memfailkan saman terhadap portal berita yang beroperasi di Pahang itu.

Katanya beliau juga sedang meneliti untuk menyaman imam Ramlang Porigi kerana didakwa memutarbelit kenyataan berhubung sumpah laknat yang dibuat di hadapan imam itu di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan tahun lepas.

"Beliau sebelum ini berkata Pegawai Khas Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang mengatur sumpah tersebut, namun kenyataannya baru-baru ini bercanggah kerana ia dikatakan diatur oleh Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah," katanya.

Ramlang merupakan saksi pada majlis mengangkat sumpah Mohd Saiful Bukhari yang dilakukan mengikut syariat Islam di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Jalan Duta di sini pada 15 Ogos lepas bahawa beliau bercakap benar atas dakwaannya diliwat oleh Anwar.

NEWS: Saiful lodges police report against blog

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By ANDREW SAGAYAM
The Star, Tuesday March 3, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan lodged a police report against the Pahang Daily Online blog over articles claiming he had contracted an STD (sexually transmitted disease).

The former aide to Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the website published six articles claiming that he was critically ill due to STD from September last year.

Mohd Saiful denied the reports after lodging a report at the Damansara police station here Tuesday.

“As you can see for yourselves, I am perfectly fine and healthy. I am and was not bedridden or ill as claimed by the website. I want to stress that I do not have an STD or any other sickness.

“These are all lies and slander created by irresponsible people. I want the police to investigate and take immediate action against those responsible,” he said.

Mohd Saiful arrived at the station at 11am accompanied by his father Azlan Mohd Lazim, 55, and lawyer, Zamri Idrus.

On June 28 last year, the 23-year-old former Universiti Tenaga Nasional student leader lodged a police report alleging that he had been sodomised by Anwar at the Desa Damansara Condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26.

Anwar has denied the allegation. The case is ongoing.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

We are The Unspinners

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