The Fiji Labour Party leader and the former interim finance minister in Frank Bainimarama's regime, Mahendra Chaudhry, flew to Australia last Sunday with his wife.
While the Australian High Commission in Suva is tight-lipped about how a coup supporter like Chaudhry was given a visa to travel to Australia, our sources say it is likely to be a restricted medical visa to allow his wife, Virmati Chaudhry, who is battling cancer, to seek treatment.
Visa restrictions were waived, too, in 2007, for the New Zealand permanent residency holder, Parmesh Chand, the then permanent secretary in the office of interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, who was allowed by the New Zealand High Commission to travel to Auckland for medical treatment.
But sources say while in Australia, Chaudhry is more than likely to seek reassurances that his secret $2 million stash, which is being kept in banks there, is safe.
The money was raised in India by Chaudry in the name of the opressed, poor, farmers and workers of Fiji, who he claimed was being terrorised by George Speight's thugs; the thugs who'd overthrown his government in May 2000.
A month ago, Chaudhry joined forces with his political enemy, ousted prime minister Laisenia Qarase, to campaign against the regime of Frank Bainimarama.
Durimg his 18 month honeymoon with Bainimarama when he was finance minister, he accused Qarase of corruption, mismanagement and financial abuse of taxpayers money - reasons he said justified Qarase's removal from power at the barrel of the gun, even though nine Labour Party Ministers were in Qarase's Multi-Party Cabinet.