Leslie says events in Bali turned her life upside down

SYDNEY - Convicted drug user Michelle Leslie has arrived back in Australia, saying the events of the last three months have turned her life upside down.

The Australian model briefly addressed a huge media pack after touching down at Sydney International Airport today from Singapore.

The 24-year-old catwalk beauty was freed from Bali's Kerobokan prison on Saturday after serving three months behind bars following the discovery of two ecstasy tablets in her handbag.

"The events of the last few months have just really turned my life upside," Leslie told reporters.

"I'm so happy to be home and see my family and (boyfriend) Scott (Sutton) and my friends."

She arrived on Qantas flight QF6 from Singapore which touched down in Sydney at 6.40am (8.40am NZT) today.

Leslie, dressed in jeans and a black jacket, told waiting media she was tired and would only say a few words.

The brief media conference was abruptly halted when she refused to respond to questions about suggestions that her conversion to Islam was a sham.

Leslie, flanked by her family's spokesman Sean Mulcahy, thanked those who stood by her over the past three months.

"I'm sorry. I'm just going to be brief because I'm really tired and exhausted," she said.

"I'd like to thank everybody that stood by me and supported me while I've been away.

"Thank you.

Following the press conference, Leslie was pursued by a jostling media scrum in which the model lost one of her shoes.

Leslie got into the first of three waiting black BMWs which left in a procession.

It is expected she will head to Sydney's northern beaches, where she will reunite with family and friends.

Leslie should think carefully about seeking to profit from her drugs crime in Indonesia, the federal government warned today.

Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison said Australia had robust legislation that precluded Australians from profiting from the proceeds of crime, even if the crime was committed overseas.

The Australian model is seeking legal advice about whether she can be paid for her story.

Senator Ellison said it was up to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to decide if any action should be taken against Leslie should she sell her story.

Leslie should consider her situation carefully, he said.

"I think that in her circumstances it would be wise to obtain legal counsel before she took any further steps," Senator Ellison told the Nine Network.

"But I can only say from the government's point of view, we have proceeds of crime legislation which is comprehensive and we believe that should be applied if it has application here.

"But the decision as to whether there is an application or not rests with the director of public prosecutions."


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