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Michelle Leslie

Michelle Leslie on the front of "Sidney Morning Herald" stating that she is foolish..duh?? These people ought to stop bringing drugs in nations where punishments are really high.
Michelle Leslie (born 1981), who also works under the name Michelle Lee, is an Australian actress and model. Leslie is best known as a model for Antz Pantz and Crystelle lingerie, and for her 2005 arrest for alleged drug possession in Bali.

Leslie was born in Adelaide, South Australia to Violeta and Albert Leslie. She was educated at Sacred Heart College in Adelaide. After briefly working as a bouncer in a nightclub, Leslie chose to follow a full-time modeling career. She appeared on the TV program Search for a Supermodel in 2000, and was first runner-up in the 2000 Miss World Australia pageant held in Darwin. Due to her part-Philippina background Leslie is in reasonable demand as a model in Asia. She was living and working in Singapore before her arrest in Indonesia.

Drugs Arrest

On August 21, 2005 two pills were found in Leslie's Gucci handbag during a visit to the Indonesian island of Bali. Subsequent tests by Indonesian police proved they were Ecstasy. She had been attending an open-air dance party at Kuta beach. This makes the third major arrest of an Australian in Bali on Drugs charges in 2005 following the Schapelle Corby and Bali Nine cases. According to Indonesian police Leslie has admitted that the pills were given to her by a friend. Her charge sheet stated that she had purchased them in Bali. She faces a maximum of fifteen years in jail.

The Australian Prime Minister, John Howard has described any Australian with drugs in Asia as "stupid" and says they should not expect the Australian government to save them. He also said,

We have told Australians - young Australians - again and again, don't take drugs out of this country, don't take them into Asian countries because you can't expect any mercy. Now we'll keep pushing that message but people have to understand that if they defy that, and they get caught with drugs, they can't expect the Government to bail them out.

According to Indonesian police Leslie has admitted to an addiction to Ecstasy. In a signed statement given to the police she is supposed to have said "I'm addicted to it. I can't enjoy parties if I don't have ecstasy". In the meantime her lawyers have said,

While we do respect the position of the police and the statement attributed to them by the media, any comment said to be made by Ms Leslie must be considered in their full and detailed context

At this stage the defence team is not prepared to provide the detailed version from our client until the appropriate stage in the proceedings

The response of Ms Leslie to this leak has been to sack her high profile Indonesian defence lawyer M. H. Rifan and replace him with Dr K. R. T. Basuki Prawirodipuro.

In another development, Michelle Leslie declared herself a Muslim on August 29 and asked the media to respect her privacy.

On 14 October 2005 the Sydney Morning Herald reports that Leslie may be released within weeks as a report from a Sydney doctor has been provided to prosecutors stating that she is addicted to prescription medication. Under Indonesian law this would allow her to be tried as a "user" and benefit from a reduced sentence. The maximum senetence for a user is 3-months imprisonment, whereas the maximum penalty for possession is 15 years. Leslie's case is expected to be heard some time in November.

LATEST UPDATE
Leslie 'relieved to be out'

Convicted drug user Michelle Leslie has spoken publicly after her release from a Bali jail yesterday. The South Australian model is expected to arrive back in Australia today.

On Friday Leslie was given a three-month jail sentence for ecstasy use but the court took into account the time she had already served in prison.

She was deported from Indonesia yesterday and travelled to Singapore for a reunion with her family.

She has expressed relief to be out of jail.

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    Guilty Leslie prepares for return home

    A Bali court today found Australian model Michelle Leslie guilty of using ecstasy and sentenced her to three months jail, a period of custody she has already served.

    A spokesman for Leslie, Sean Mulcahy, said her three-month sentence would end officially at midnight tonight (0300 AEDT tomorrow).

    After paperwork is completed she could be freed at any time after that, but more likely it would be early next week before she could leave Indonesia.

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    Leslie could be freed soon after apology

    Freedom could be just around the corner for Michelle Leslie after Indonesian prosecutors dropped demands that she face a long prison term.

    The surprise turnaround came after Leslie apologised and pleaded for mercy at her Bali drugs trial, which heard that she had admitted occasionally taking ecstasy.

    After Leslie's remorseful testimony, state lawyers said they would now only seek a minimum sentence of three months - a period that she has almost served since her arrest outside a Bali dance party on August 20.

    Originally they had demanded she be locked up for the maximum term of 15 years for possession of two ecstasy tablets.

    The trial resumes at the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday and Leslie could be freed soon after that.

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