GAVIN Scott, the British doctor in T3 prison for more than three months on
a rape charge, has secured the services of a leading Cambodian lawyer to represent
him at his trial.
Dr Heng Vong Bunchhat - a member of Cambodia's Council of Jurists, former dean of
Phnom Penh's faculty of law and an adviser to both co-Prime Ministers - has agreed
to represent Scott.
Bunchhat is the second addition to Scott's defence team, after Cambodian Defenders
Project co-founder Joyce Bang agreed to take his case.
Bang said this week that she and Bunchhat would jointly represent Scott.
Oum Samuel, the Charto NGO's administrative manager who had previously been defending
Scott, was no longer involved.
She said Samuel had been given the opportunity to assist herself and Bunchhat but
had declined on the basis he was too busy with other work.
Bang said Bunchhat had agreed to take Scott's case out of concern that the doctor
was treated fairly by the justice system.
Meanwhile, Scott's trial - which had been tentatively set for October 3 - has been
Bang said she had filed a motion to postpone it further "because the facts have
changed a lot and we need to prepare [the defence]."
A request would also be made for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to reconsider its
previous declining of bail for Scott.
Meanwhile, an alleged accomplice of Scott's - who was charged following a complaint
against him relating to sexual violation of under-age boys - has reportedly escaped
after being arrested.
Sotunt Vitah, who is understood to be Scott's former cook and cleaner, was arrested
last week on an arrest warrant issued in June.
But he is said to have left from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Sept 30 after
being left alone briefly.