Woman who spent $21M at Harrods bailed, fights extradition | AP business
10 November, 2018, 04:35 | Author: Myra Gill
NCA demanded an explanation of money origin from a foreign citizen.
She is under investigation by Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), which in February secured the country's first-ever unexplained wealth order (UWO) to target Hajiyeva's wealth.
Spouse haciyeva in 2016, was sentenced in absentia in Azerbaijan to 15 years in prison on charges of fraud and embezzlement.
She was granted bail last Tuesday but prosecutors lodged an appeal, arguing that she posed a flight risk. The court found that Mrs. Boucheron spent 150,000 pounds to buy jewelry from a luxury brand store and she gave away 1800 pounds to buy wine the next day.
Her lawyer described her arrest as "an appalling shock" to her, according to the Financial Times.
He said there were "substantial grounds to believe she would not surrender" to the court if she was granted bail.
Westminster magistrates court in London ruled that the wife of the financier can be released on bail on certain conditions, including the prohibition to leave the house in the fashionable residential area of Knightsbridge, the need to report daily to the police and the payment of bail of 500 thousand pounds (572 thousand euros).
She is now in an isolation cell and her extradition to Azerbaijan is under consideration. The orders allow authorities to seize assets from people suspected of corruption or links to organized crime until the owners account for how they were acquired.
She has been ordered to explain how she funds her lifestyle, which includes a £16million bill at Harrods over ten years.
Mrs Hajiyeva, who lives in a £15m house near to the London store, is wanted by the authorities in Azerbaijan for an alleged conspiracy to defraud the Azerbaijani national bank. In addition, the Agency revealed she's got nearly 50 items of jewellery, put up for sale by auction house Christie's.
Lawyers for Hajiyeva said: 'The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on her part or that of her husband'.
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