If the illegal government of Frank Bainimarama is feeling frustrated at Roko Ului Mara's "I got into distress at sea" story, it should cast its mind back to 2007 and Peter Foster.
The Australian investor was well-known on these shores at the time after a dramatic escape to Vanuatu from Fiji, were he had been held by police to face several charges, including fraud.
Foster, who was known locally as "international conman", had been used by Bainimarama in a sting to gather supposed evidence of corruption against the Laisenia Qarase SDL government.
Foster, who'd initially started out in Fiji as a supporter for Tupeni Baba's New Labour Party (he'd shelled thousands of dollars into the campaign), was staying at his home on Denarau Island when he disappeared in January 2007.
He mysteriously turned up in Port Vila, Vanuatu, but was caught and soon after sentenced to six weeks jail for entering the country illegally.
How Foster, who was also known to police in Australia, Britain and Federated States of Micronesia, came to be in Port Vila was kept under wraps by Fiji police at the time.
It was generally believed, though, his regime minders had helped him escape by boat.
The regime never owned up to it publicly but was forced to later admit it had engaged the services of an Australian conman to expose supposed vote rigging in the election that had brought Qarase to power.
Foster had spilled the beans saying he'd met Bainimarama weeks before and had agreed to take part in a covert operation involving Navi Talai Naisoro, the SDL's Party's electoral strategist, to clear his own name.