Woman who spent £16m in Harrods arrested

London detains wife of jailed Azerbaijani banker

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).

A woman who spent almost 16 million pounds ($28.8 million) at luxury London department store Harrods has been arrested after being the first person subjected to the UK's new unexplained wealth laws.

She was held in custody after Baku appealed against a magistrate's court decision granting her £500,000 (US$655,000) bail, arguing she was a flight risk.

However, prosecutors appealed the decision, meaning she will remain in custody pending an appeal on November 8. 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 at the High Court on Thursday, the judge, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, granted bail, adding there were no "substantial grounds" to deny it.

Her lawyer described her arrest as "an appalling shock" to her, according to the Financial Times.

More news: Russian Federation brings together Afghan officials, Taliban in talks

Mrs Hajiyeva also remains under investigation by the NCA. 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.

Her husband was the chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan from 2001 until his resignation in 2015, and was subsequently jailed for fraud and embezzlement.

Last week the agency, which investigates cross-border and organized crime, seized 49 items of jewelry worth 400,000 pounds from Christie's auction house, where Hajiyeva's daughter had taken them to be valued.

She has been ordered to explain how she funds her lifestyle, which includes a £16million bill at Harrods over ten years.

Ms Hajiyeva's legal team sought to overturn the Unexplained Wealth Order so she could retain ownership of her properties.

"The NCA's case is that the UWO [unexplained wealth order] is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offence".

Related News:



Most liked

Surgeons in Australia separating conjoined girls from Bhutan
He said the operation was expected to last around six hours and would involve 18 medical staff divided into two teams, one for each girl.

Total recall: Florida faces prospect of vote recounts after USA midterm elections
Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and readying for a possible state-mandated recount. The majority of uncounted votes are in Palm Beach and Broward County, which are traditionally democratic strongholds.

Seven conclusions from Manchester United's last seven comeback wins
Against an unbeaten Old Lady side who had only dropped points to Genoa at home this season, United hassled, harried, and looked as if they had a coherent game plan.

Man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten
Officers say he was seen climbing into the Nile Crocodile enclosure and then jumping into the pool with the reptiles. Police said the man was bitten by a crocodile and sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his feet and leg.

Painted 40,000 years ago, world's earliest cave paintings discovered in Borneo
In the cave have been preserved and thousands of drawings later, created about 20 thousand years ago, which depict human figures. Rock art was made for a objective and we can see how people lived a long time ago in a way that archaeology can't provide.

President Donald Trump says Democrats have 'nothing, zero' on him
There was a revolt in the suburbs Tuesday against the GOP, and the political upheaval now threatens what's left of Trump's agenda. A new generation of Democratic representatives, propelled by resurgent activism, is heading to the halls of Congress.

‘Planetary torch’: Earth’s laser tech could be used to lure alien communications
He says the lasers needed for the project have already been invented, but they still need a large enough telescope. Either setup, he estimated, could produce a generally detectable signal from up to 20,000 light-years away.

Victory aside, Pelosi's return as House speaker not a given
Neal has not publicly clashed with Trump, but as chairman would likely try to roll back some of the president's tax cuts. Voters then remembered the Depression and World War II and rewarded incumbents in time of peace and prosperity.

Indictments? Final Report? White House Braces for Mueller
In fact, it allows Mueller to pursue "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions and he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is.

Mass Shooting Evacuation Center Doubles as Shelter for Woolsey Fire Evacuees
Fanned by high winds and fueled by low humidity and dry vegetation, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight into Friday. In Northern California's Butte County, a huge brush fire devasted the town of Paradise, where 1,000 structures were lost.

Whitaker appointment brings praise and protest in Iowa
According to the department's most recent report, $10 million was spent from October 1, 2017, through March 31. Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker , has been named acting attorney general.

"Would Never Forgive Trump", Writes Michelle Obama In Memoir
Becoming is set to be published on November 13, and her full interview will air on ABC this Sunday. Others just trashed her memoir as a waste of trees.

Yankees MLB trade rumors: Giancarlo Stanton to make room for Bryce Harper?
He did start in a home All-Star Game at Nationals Park, but Harper hit just.214 in the first-half of the 2018 season. In the meantime, Harper will continue to field offers from other teams in hopes of landing a record-setting deal.

Xiaomi's UK Launch Extravaganza Continues With £1 Smartphone Sales
Those are dummy components that you can see , but it gives the phone a different look to nearly any other phone on the market. There's one storage version at 128GB, and it's now unclear if you'll be able to use microSD cards with the phone.

There are six silver linings for Trump in his midterm results
Still, there are plenty of reasons for caution for Democrats. "As you also know, every eight years we change parties in MI ". Having seized control of the House of Representatives, Democrats will get the chance to convert their rhetoric into action.