Fiji's interim Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, says he will sue the Fiji Times newspaper for over 600 million US dollars.
Fiji Live quotes Mr Chaudhry's lawyer Gyaneshwar Lala saying Mr Chaudhry believes he should seek aggravated damages from the Fiji Times for defamation.
Mr Lala said that he has written to the lawyers acting for the media organisation setting out the detailed claim by his client.
He also said they are planning to file a statement of claim with the High Court within the next few days.
The Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Netani Rika could not be reached for comment.