BANDUNG - Sumedang Regent Ade Irawan has refused to step down from his position despite being named a graft suspect by the West Java High Prosecutor's Office in relation to the alleged misuse in 2011 of Cimahi municipal council official trip funds amounting to Rp 1.7 billion (SS$179,027).
"Up until now, I have not yet received an official letter as a suspect," Ade said in Bandung on Friday.
He also said he had returned the outstanding official trip funds worth Rp 76 million long before the prosecutor's office raised the case.
The prosecutor's office named Ade, who is also the executive head of the Democratic Party's Sumedang chapter, as a suspect on Sept. 17, 2013.
Ade was implicated in the alleged misappropriation of official trip funds in 2011 while he was serving as Cimahi municipal council speaker for the 20092014 period.