20 Apr 2010

After Montenegro, Fiji confirms Thaksin interest in investments

12:52 pm on 20 April 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says Thailand's fugitive former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is coming to Fiji to look at potential investments.

Commodore Bainimarama made the comment to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation without elaborating as uncertainty continues about Thaksin's whereabouts and plans.

The Reuters news agency says it has spoken to Thaksin on his stopover in Brunei where it says he arrived after visiting Fiji.

However, Fiji's interim immigration minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, said yesterday he was not aware of any visit by Thaksin whose last confirmed visit to Fiji was last July.

Thaksin says he is happy living overseas, making money with friends.

Meanwhile, Montenegro says it soon expects to reap economic benefits for granting him citizenship.