President Abdurrahman Wahid fired his national police chief today after he failed to carry out his order to arrest the youngest son of ex-dictator Suharto.
Last week, Wahid publicly demanded that police arrest Tommy Suharto in a effort to end a series of bombings, including one Wednesday that killed 15 people in a garage under the Jakarta Stock Exchange.
Detectives questioned the younger Suharto on Saturday but said they had no evidence to hold the 38-year-old multimillionaire, who denied any involvement in the bombings.
Gen. Rusdihardjo was dismissed amid international condemnation of Indonesia's security forces, which failed to stop the mob murders of three U.N. humanitarian workers Sept. 6 in Indonesian West Timor.
Wahid announced the dismissal an hour before he met U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen about deteriorating security in West Timor.