Lawyer: American Nurse Imprisoned in Indonesia Set to Be Released Soon
January 6, 2003
HIV-positive nurse Joy Lee Sadler of Waterloo, Iowa, will be released from an Indonesian jail later this week after serving a four-month sentence for violating her visa by contacting separatist rebels, her lawyer said Monday. Last week, Sadler was found guilty and sentenced to four months in jail; her companion, Lesley Jane McCulloch of Australias Tasmania University, was also convicted and sentenced to five months. Sadlers lawyer did not comment on McCullochs release, but the women, who were arrested Sept. 11, had already served most of their time when they were found guilty. Both women had been on hunger strikes to oppose their detention. Sadler demanded on Friday to be taken to a hospital because the hunger strike had made her ill, but she said no hospital would admit her because she is HIV-positive. Sadler said she has been unable to take her HIV medicine regularly because her family has been unable to get it to her. Both women maintain their innocence.Adapted from:
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