Azeri Woman is First Target of UK's New Anti-Corruption Law

Harrods department store in London. Alastair Grant  The Associated Press

The high court heard that Zamira spent £16,309,077.87 on three Harrods customer loyalty reward cards over a decade.

Her lawyers, the outlet reported, said that the order "does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing", by her or Hajiyev.

"Unexplained wealth orders have the potential to significantly reduce the appeal of the United Kingdom as a destination for illicit income", said Donald Toon, director for economic crime at the NCA.

At the High Court last week, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed her application to discharge the UWO, and also discharged an anonymity order preventing the identification of her and her husband, their country of origin, the bank Mr Hajiyev worked for, and the two properties. Failing to explain the providence of her wealth could result in the confiscation of assets, including a £15m residence in Knightsbridge, London.

Records show she has spent £16 million in the store over the past 10 years, including £150,000 on jewellery in a day.

However, it was Hajiyeva's spending and the court case against her husband that alerted Britain's National Crime Agency who began to investigate.

He was slapped with a 15-year prison term and ordered to repay more than $52million.

Hames also called for those who provide luxury goods and services to individuals to ask questions if they are known to be public servants on state salaries and to file reports of suspicious activity with the police.

Zamira Hajiyeva, wife of a jailed Azerbaijani banker, has been named after losing a High Court battle to remain anonymous.

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

Now, UK authorities can at will demand to know the providence of that wealth.

Lawyers for Mrs Hajieyva told the High Court that she and her husband are suffering a massive injustice.

The Azeri finance ministry said about $3 billion could have been misappropriated by Hajiyev, who denied the charges.

"The NCA's case is that the UWO is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offense". His lawyers say that he fell out with Azerbaijan's corrupt ruling family and paid the price.

During her unsuccessful challenge to the Unexplained Wealth Order, Mrs Hajiyeva said her husband was a legitimate businessman who had become independently wealthy thanks to a string of successful businesses, before becoming a chairman at the bank. From 1993 to 2015 Mr Hajiyev was a state employee and his wealth is not justified by his income.

A UWO is a new power which has been created to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK.

Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), which is responsible for tackling worldwide corruption, has said that £90 billion is likely to be a significant underestimate of the sums of corrupt and criminal cash flowing through Britain every year.

UWOs, used by the National Crime Agency, were introduced in January in an attempt to crack down on so-called McMafia crime.

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