LONDON —A lady from Azerbaijan who spent £16 million ($21 million) on jewellery, wine and different items at luxurious London division retailer Harrods over the course of a decade has grow to be the primary goal of a brand new British rule permitting officers to grab cash from individuals suspected of getting their wealth by way of corruption.
A court docket has ordered Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, to elucidate the place she received the cash to additionally purchase an £11.5 million London house near Harrods and a golf course outdoors town price £10.5 million.
Hajiyeva’s husband, former Worldwide Financial institution of Azerbaijan chairman Jahangir Hajiyev, was sentenced to 15 years in jail in his house nation in 2016 for fraud and embezzlement.
The case marks Britain’s first use of Unexplained Wealth Orders, launched this 12 months to curb London’s standing as a haven for ill-gotten positive factors. The orders enable authorities to grab property over £50,000 ($66,000) from individuals suspected of corruption or hyperlinks to organized crime till the homeowners account for a way they have been acquired.
Throughout earlier court docket hearings Hajiyeva was recognized solely as Mrs. A, however a court docket order granting her anonymity was lifted Wednesday.
At an earlier court docket listening to, a lawyer for Britain’s Nationwide Crime Company gave particulars of her spending at Harrods, a big chunk of it utilizing 35 bank cards issued by her husband’s financial institution. Between 2006 and 2016, Hajiyeva spent greater than £16 million on the retailer, together with £100,000 in someday on Cartier jewellery, £150,000 in one other journey on items from luxurious model Boucheron, and £1,800 on wine.
The crime company argued the lavish spending was an indication the cash was ill-gotten.
Hajiyeva denies wrongdoing and is combating to overturn the order and grasp onto her properties.
Her legal professionals stated in an announcement that the issuing of a wealth order “doesn’t and shouldn’t be taken to indicate any wrong-doing, whether or not on her half or that of her husband.”
They stated the order “is a part of an investigative course of, not a felony process, and it doesn’t contain the discovering of any felony offense.”