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JAKARTA (AsiaNews): Indonesia is preparing to execute 40 people, most of whom are under a death sentence for drug trafficking.

The attorney general, H.M. Prasetyo, made the announcement on April 3 without disclosing the names of the condemned, although it is believed that some big time drug runners are on the list.

No date has been set for the executions, but the attorney general hinted that it might be in May.

Praseyto said that the rainy season (January to April) makes things difficult and June and July are also inappropriate because they coincide with the month of the holy fast of Ramadan, which runs from June 5 to July 6.

Death sentences on drug traffickers are carried out by a firing squad. Sixty-six executions were carried out between 1979 and 2015.

In April 2015, Indonesia was criticised for executing eight people, including two Australians.

On that occasion, Jakarta spared the life of Mary Jane Veloso, a 30-year-old domestic worker from The Philippines whose case is still ongoing.

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