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The nine graft-busters named by CDRM

Panthep Glanarongran, 61, chairman

He has been a member of a special com mittee for royal projects since 1995. He became the committee's secretary-general in 2000 and remained in that post until 2005. He is now an adviser to the panel.

He holds a master's degree in economics from a university in the United States.

Last year Panthep wrote a memo advising the Thaksin government not to pay a Bt670-million fee to the Pasak Dam's creditors. He suggested the government should await a court ruling before paying the fee.

Panthep's involvement in the case led to his position at the NCCC.

Klanarong Chantik, 63

Klanarong retired as secretary-general of the NCCC in mid-2003. He was a leading figure in the asset-concealment case involving Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

His tough style in addressing the case disturbed Thaksin's supporters, who saw him as the enemy.

Thaksin was found not guilty, and Klanarong took the blame for launching the case against the premier despite having no involvement in the decision-making process.

Early in 2003, Klanarong and his wife had to defend themselves against an allegation that they had failed to pay back a Bt1.9-million loan. He was also accused of adultery. He ran for a vacant NCCC seat in late 2003, but failed.

Wicha Mahakhun, 61

Wicha is former Supreme Court judge and was one of the 10 candidates for the new Election Commission, though he was passed over by the Senate.

Wicha earned bachelor's and master's degrees in law from Chulalongkorn University as well as a bachelor's in political science from Thammasat University.

He worked for the chief justice of the Supreme Court's Juvenile and Family Division. He was involved in a judges' protest in 1991 and was accused of encouraging other judges to join him, causing judicial discord. The Judicial Commission dismissed him in 1992.

Wichai Wiwitsevi, 61

Wichai is a former chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was chief judge of several provincial courts as well as the chief judge of regions I and V.

He graduated with a master's degree in law from Harvard University.

Wichai is also a law lecturer at Thammasat University.

Prasart Pongsiwapai, 60

Prasart was the governor of Nakhon Pathom. He earned his bachelor's degree in law and political science from Thammasat University.

After graduating, Prasart served as an official in the Interior Ministry. He served as the deputy director-general of the Community Development Department and was the ministry's assistant permanent-secretary. Later he became the governor of Pichit and then of Kanchanaburi.

Prasart has close ties to many politicians, including members of the Thai Rak Thai Party.

Somluck Chadkrabuanphol, 66

Somluck was a judge at the Criminal Court and the Appeal Court until six years ago. She is now a senior judge at the Nonthaburi provincial court.

Jaidet Pornchaiya, 62

Jaidet earned a bachelor's degree in law from Thammasat University and worked for the attorney-general until he was promoted to be the director-general of the Criminal Litigation Department. He later became director of the Criminal Case Division of South Bangkok.

He headed up the investigation of the Ellicott marine-dredger deal.

When the post of deputy attorney-general became vacant last year, Jaidet took the spot.

Medhi Krongkaew, 64

Medhi was probably appointed to the new anti-graft body mainly for his knowledge of economics, since it will be his job to untangle the complex business transactions of supposedly corrupt politicians.

Medhi is keen on public finance and taxation. He wrote his doctoral thesis at Michigan State University in the United States on how taxes and public expenditures redistribute income in Thailand. His resume reflects his long experience in the field of economics, including a stint as economic adviser to Trairong Suwankiri, a deputy prime minister in the Chuan Leekpai administration, from 1997 to 2000.

Medhi was a professor at Thammasat University's Faculty of Economics from 1997 until 2002, at which point he became a professor at the National Institute of Development Administra-tion's School of Development Economics.

Pakdee Pothisiri, 59

Pakdee has an outstanding reputation in the public-health scene. He is currently the secretary-general of the Food and Drug Administration. He previously headed  the Health Department as well as the Medical Sciences Department.

He also twice served as deputy permanent secretary for the Public Health Ministry.

Pakdee also has a good reputation overseas. The Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific have on several occasions appointed him as an adviser to their projects.

Pakdee is still a member of the WHO Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health.

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