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Australian model to be freed soon after Bali verdict DENPASAR - An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody. Michelle Leslie was detained by police before going to an outdoor party on the resort island on August 20, which means the 24-year-old woman should be free by Sunday.

"(The court) declares the defendant Michelle Leslie has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of carrying out the crime ... of receiving pyschoactive drugs from sources other than a pharmacy or hospital," presiding judge Made Sudia told the court. Leslie, dressed in white shirt and black pants, smiled slightly upon hearing the verdict and said she accepted the sentence.

"Thank you Mr. Judge," Leslie said in Indonesian, as she shook hands with him at the conclusion of the trial. The Adelaide-born woman is one of numerous Australians to face drugs charges in Indonesia. She was arrested after police searched her bag before a party and found two ecstasy tablets. Media reports have said Leslie, in her mid-20s, converted to Islam after she was arrested, and court documents had identified her as Muslim.

Another Australian woman, Schapelle Corby, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May for smuggling 4.2 kg (9.259 lb) of marijuana into Bali from her home country. That term was cut on appeal to 15 years. Nine other Australians are also on trial in Bali on charges of trying to smuggle heroin from the island to Australia. They face the maximum penalty of death.



Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2005 13:50 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Scott Sutton and Michelle Leslie in April.




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