Indonesia’s energy minister Jero Wacik faces corruption inquiry
Indonesia's energy minister is being investigated for alleged corruption, the Corruption Eradication Commission said.
Bambang Widjojanto, commission deputy chairman, said yesterday that Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik had officially been declared a suspect a day earlier. Wacik was already set to resign his ministry this month, after being elected as an MP for outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democrat Party.
"After assuming his ministerial post, the suspect needed bigger operational funds for himself and to get more funds than budgeted, he ordered his staff to do some [illegal] things," Bambang said.
He said that Wacik instructed staff to schedule fictitious meetings that helped him illicitly secure additional funding worth 9.9 billion rupiah (HK$6.5 million) between 2011 and 2013.
Bambang said Wacik, 65, had violated an article in the country's 2001 Anti-corruption Law of "intentionally benefiting himself or other people by abusing his power". Wacik faces up to 20 years' jail and a 1 billion rupiah fine.
He has previously denied wrongdoing.
The commission is investigating four separate graft cases involving Wacik's ministry.