American Nurse Released From Jail in Indonesia's Aceh Province
January 10, 2003
Nurse Joy Lee Sadler, of Waterloo, Iowa, was released from jail in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Friday. Sadler, 57, who is HIV-positive, said she had not taken her medicine regularly because her family had been unable to get it to her. She said her 39-day hunger strike, which she ended earlier this week, had made her seriously ill. Sadler and her companion, Lesley Jane McCulloch of Australia's Tasmania University, were convicted of violating their tourist visas by contacting guerrillas. McCulloch, who also staged a hunger strike, is expected to be released next month. Both women maintain their innocence. Sadler left promising to return, to expose alleged abuses by Indonesia's military, and to send a prosthetic leg to a one-legged detainee named Jamal, one of several prisoners she had nursed during her incarceration.Adapted from:
01.09.03; Muhrram M. Nur
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