Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Britain targets jailed Azerbaijani banker's wife over high spending

Britain targets jailed Azerbaijani banker's wife over high spending

The next day, she allegedly spent more than $3300 on wines and spirits.

If Hajiyeva cannot explain how she afforded the assets in question, she could lose them.

Unexplained Wealth Orders have "the potential to significantly reduce the appeal of the United Kingdom as a destination for illicit income", Donald Toon, the director for economic crime at the National Crime Agency, said in a statement. She said he had other business interests too, and supplied a 2011 document from a money manager putting her husband's net worth at almost $73 million. She is still pursuing an appeal to lift the wealth order.

Unexplained Wealth Orders are created to target individuals who are unable to account for £50,000 (U.S. $66,000) or more of their wealth and are a civil - not criminal -action.

The wife of a corrupt banker jailed in Azerbaijan for 15 years faces the loss of two properties worth £22 million in the first use of new British police tactic aimed at tackling high-level worldwide corruption.

Mr Justice Supperstone overturned an anonymity order preventing the identification of her and her husband, disgraced former chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan, Jahangir Hajiyev.

Hajiyeva faces an Unexplained Wealth Order relating to her $20 million, five-bedroomed home in the tony neighbourhood of Knightsbridge and the $18 million Mill Ride Golf Club near Ascot.

The Harrods name is illuminated in lights on the front of the department store in Knightsbridge on November 29, 2017, in London.

Up until the lifting of an "anonymity order" yesterday lunchtime, Zamira could only be referred to as "Mrs A". Another company linked to them bought the golf estate in 2013. The UK grants special residence rights to major foreign investors.

"Nobody knows precisely how much dirty money is trying to be laundered through Britain because London is one of the biggest financial centers in the world", Penrose told ABC News.

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During a High Court hearing in July, in which the couple were known only as Mr and Mrs A, it was revealed that Mrs Hajiyeva had an enormous amount of disposable income.

In 2009, the according to the BBC, a company in the British Virgin Islands, ultimately traced to Hajiyeva and her husband, bought the London property.

"Unexplained wealth orders have the potential to significantly reduce the appeal of the United Kingdom as a destination for illicit income".

Official records reveal the couple also own two dedicated bays within the private Harrods vehicle park and Mrs Hajiyeva also bought a $42m Gulfstream G550 jet.

Anticorruption group Transparency International UK welcomed the latest developments.

Campaigning group Transparency International said that it has identified property worth £4.4 billion in the United Kingdom purchased from suspicious wealth.

Does Mrs Hajiyeva admit doing anything wrong?

Her lawyers added that the order "is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offense", according to the AP.

Jahangir Hajiyev denies defrauding his bank - but has unsuccessfully appealed against his conviction.

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