Investigators from the National Crime Agency believe there are billions of pounds of dirty money invested in British property, reported the BBC, but it is nearly impossible to charge the owners with a crime or seize the assets because of a lack of evidence.
Mrs Hajiyeva was issued with the first two unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) to be obtained by the National Crime Agency against two properties worth £22m in total.
However, the 55-year-old maintains that the money behind her extravagant lifestyle was the legitimate fruit of her husband's successful business dealings.
'On Mrs Hajiyeva's behalf, an application for permission to appeal against the order of Mr Justice Supperstone was filed on October 8 2018.
Who are the couple at the centre of this first 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.
Hajiyeva's husband is Jahangir Hajiyev, the former head of the state bank of Azerbaijan who was sentenced to 15 years in jail after being convicted on fraud and embezzlement charges in 2016, the Associated Press reported. He has been ordered to pay back $39 million.
United Kingdom law enforcement used a new tactic to target two of the couple's properties owned through a web of offshore companies - a grand double-fronted home in the heart of upmarket Knightsbridge, bought for £11.5 million in 2009, and a golf club in the wealthy suburban town of Ascot, Berkshire. The measure protecting her anonymity and other details of the case were lifted Wednesday.
The Home Office gave Mrs Hajiyeva permission to live in the United Kingdom under a visa scheme for wealthy investors.Читайте также: All the details on Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress
The tactic was introduced earlier this year following criticisms of United Kingdom efforts to tackle the tide of "dirty money" flowing through financial institutions and the City of London.
One relates to her £11.5m Knightsbridge home - within walking distance of Harrods where Mrs Hajiyeva was given three separate loyalty cards - which was bought in 2009 by a company registered in the British Virgin Islands.
Over ten years she spent more than £16m in Harrods - the equivalent of more than £4,000 a day.
The court also heard that Zamira flew on a private jet.
Zamira's lawyers had convinced a judge to impose reporting restrictions, which prevented the woman, her husband, his bank or their nationality from being reported.
"Unexplained wealth orders have the potential to significantly reduce the appeal of the United Kingdom as a destination for illicit income". The NCA told the court that she "boasted a wine cellar stocked with some of the world's most expensive bottles", says The Guardian.
"The UK has been long identified as a safe haven for corrupt money and despite successive governments recognising this, money-launderers have continued to hide their ill-gotten gains here", said Duncan Hames, director of policy at Transparency International UK.
"UWOs should now be used more widely to pursue more of the £4.4 billion worth of suspicious wealth we have identified across the United Kingdom".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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