updated 5/30/2006 10:36:21 PM ET 2006-05-31T02:36:21

Former Indonesian dictator Suharto left the hospital early Wednesday after 27 days of treatment following a colon surgery to stem internal bleeding.

Suharto, 84, was lying in a bed as medics placed him on an ambulance to be taken home.

Suharto, who ruled Indonesia with an iron fist until he was ousted from power in 1998, was indicted in 2000 on charges of embezzling $600 million in state funds.

Earlier this month, the country’s attorney general said proceedings against him had been abandoned, citing his poor health, angering critics who blame the former strongman for hundreds of thousands of deaths.

There have been several small but rowdy street protests in recent weeks.

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