“KPK investigators found sufficient preliminary evidence to conduct a further investigation and name JW, the minister of culture and tourism from 2008 to 2011, a suspect,” a KPK official said.

Jakarta sources said Jero is facing charges relating to the alleged misuse of budget funds that caused state losses of up to 7 billion rupiah ($549,500), which could see him sentenced to a maximum 20 years in jail.

Jero was last year charged in a separate graft case relating to his alleged instructions to subordinate colleagues to collect money when he was at the helm of the energy ministry between 2011 and 2013.

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