“Model could lose 15 years for pair of pink pills“. An Australian model, allegedly caught with two ecstasy tablets
on the way into a dance party in Bali, is facing up to 15 years in
prison. Michelle Leslie, 24, from Sydney, refused to answer police
questions yesterday and appeared distressed. An intelligence officer from the Bali drug squad, Major Mardiaz
Kusin, said police had searched a car carrying Leslie and two
friends to a dance party at Bali’s GWK park – the site of the
first anniversary commemoration of the Bali bombing. Inside her
Gucci bag they found two pink tablets wrapped in tissue paper.
Major Kusin said one of the model’s friends had asked her what she
had; Leslie replied that two friends had given the pills to her at
dinner. (The Age)
8 September: “Islam conversion no ploy – Leslie”: Michelle Leslie has broken her silence to deny claims her “love”
of Islam is a ploy to manipulate sentiment in Indonesia, where she
is fighting drug charges. The 24-year-old, who is facing up to 15 years in jail on charges
of possessing two ecstasy tablets, said her “love and respect” for
Islam was born four years ago, when she began living with the
Muslim family of her close friend Norah Cullen in Australia. (SMH)
14 October: “Leslie may be free in weeks“: Leslie could be free within a month,
after her ecstasy possession case was handed to Bali
prosecutors. Leslie was transferred to Kerobokan jail yesterday, facing a
possible 15-year term after being caught with two ecstasy tablets
outside a Bali dance party in August. Leslie’s lawyers
told Herald that they had provided a Sydney doctor’s
report to prosecutors stating she was addicted to prescription
medication. Leslie is facing charges of ecstasy possession carrying a
maximum sentence of 15 years and a minimum of four. However,
prosecutors said an addicted drug user would face an alternate
charge with a maximum three-month term. (SMH)
6 November: “Leslie ‘was with the son of Indonesian minister‘”: The drug prosecution of Australian model Michelle Leslie has
been rocked by allegations that she was with the son of a senior
Indonesian minister when she was caught in Bali and that police
have covered up the truth of her arrest to protect him. The Sun-Herald understands the minister is the powerful
Indonesian Economics Minister, Aburizal Bakrie, a wealthy
businessman and one of the country’s most influential
politicians. The link between Leslie and the highest levels of the Indonesian
Government was exposed in Bali newspapers yesterday.
10 November: “I probably met Leslie, Bakrie admits”: The son of one of Indonesia’s most powerful government
ministers, Aburizal Bakrie, has admitted he “probably” met the
Australian model Michelle Leslie before she was arrested for
possession of ecstasy. His admission contradicts previous denials made by the Bakrie
family. At a press conference, a family spokesman angrily attacked any
linking of Anindra Bakrie to Leslie, who was arrested in August
while on her way to the Vertigo dance party on Bali. (SMH)
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15 November: “Leslie back in court today“:Leslie
appears in a Bali court today hoping to be free by late next week.
Family friend Sean Mulcahy says Leslie is happy the prosecution is
dropping demands for a maximum 15-year prison term and will instead
seek only a three-month penalty for drug possession.
They are expected to formally change their sentencing demand when she
appears in the Denpasar District Court this morning. The model will
have served three months behind bars by the end of this week.
How often do prosecutors downgrade charges??