Regarding the front page article on Dr. Gavin Scott in the
previous edition of the Phnom Penh Post, the Post was incorrect in naming me as
Dr. Scott's lawyer.
Neither I nor Dirksen Flipse Doran & Lê were
retained by Dr. Scott, and we have not entered into any Attorney-Client
relations with him.
I am a commercial lawyer and DFDL is a commercial law
firm. We have no experience handling criminal matters in Cambodia and are not
licensed to appear alone in Cambodian court. This, however, does not change the
fact that Dr. Scott deserves competent and vigorous legal representation and
deserves to have his human rights protected to the fullest extent of domestic
and international law-regardless of whether the allegations against him are
true. To this end, and at the request of a concerned business acquaintance, I
went to the detention center the day after Dr. Scott was incarcerated to assist
Dr. Scott in locating qualified defence counsel.
- David Doran, Phnom Penh.