Woman who spent £16m in Harrods arrested

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2018

She now faces two charges of embezzlement herself following an extradition request by authorities in Azerbaijan and has been in detention since last week, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Hajiyeva's husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, was chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan from 2001 until his resignation in 2015.

Hajiyeva, 55, is the first person to be subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order, a measure introduced by the U.K.at the beginning of the year in a bid to curb London's status as a haven for ill-gotten gains.

Britain's National Crime Agency wants to know where Hajiyeva got the money to fund her Harrods shopping sprees and buy two United Kingdom properties worth 22 million pounds ($29 million). While he languished in a prison cell, she had continued to live in London where she spent £16m in the upmarket Harrods store over a decade, court documents revealed last month.

However, the decision was challenged by prosecutors and Hajiyeva will remain in custody pending an appeal on Thursday.

In court this week, her legal team said she was a "spendthrift", but was not a "fraudster".

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Hajiyeva, who was not in court, must also report to a central London police station every day, has surrendered her passport and is banned from travelling outside London's M25 ring road.

The wife of a crooked banker who blew £16million shopping at Harrods is fighting extradition to her homeland.

He said there were "substantial grounds to believe she would not surrender" to the court if she was granted bail.

Ms Hajiyeva also bought an $20.7 million five-bedroom home which, according to UK's The Guardian, was roughly 90 metres from the Harrods doors. Last week, jewellery worth £400,000 was seized from the auction house Christie's in connection with the case.

Hajiyeva has denied any wrongdoing. The Azerbaijani woman must explain how she afforded the assets in question, otherwise she could lose them.

They said the UWO was part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and did not involve the finding of any criminal offence, and they said an application to appeal against the judge's order had been filed.

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