We have credible information that Thaksin Shinawatra, who arrived in Fiji on board his private jet last week, was invited by Suva lawyer Dilip Jamnadas.
The Thai PM met interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama, interim permanent secretary for finance and Fiji National Prvovident Fund chairman, John Prasad, and interim attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last Monday.
It's understood a deal was struck for Shinawatra to buy the derelict Grand Pacific Hotel at the meeting.
The GPH was supposed to have been developed into Suva's top hotel by FNPF and Fiji Investment Corporation.
Coupfourpointfive has been told Shinawatra handed over a cheque for $250,000 to Prasad, reportedly a deposit for the deal. But it's believed the cheque wasn't deposited into the FNPF account by Prasad until today.
Sayed-Khaiyum and Prasad also informed Shinawatra that his Fiji solicitor and legal advisor will now be Caesar Lateef of Lateef & Lateef, and not Dilip Jamnadas.
Jamnadas is believed to be angry he was betrayed by the interim attorney general and Prasad, who are being accused of hijacking prospective investment opportunities suitable for Shinawatra.