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Woman who spent £16 million in Harrods loses legal battle against UK’s first ‘McMafia order’

A woman who spent £16 million in Harrods has lost her legal battle against the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO). Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of an Azerbaijani banker, was targeted by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in 2018 after details of her lavish spending habits were revealed and it… Read More

London couple spent illicit funds from Azerbaijan on models, private jets and school fees, court hears

Illicit funds from Azerbaijan were used by a London couple to fly female models to Ibiza by private jet and pay school fees, a court has been told in a case being conducted under a veil of secrecy. The National Crime Agency alleges that the spending came from nearly £14 million of corrupt… Read More

Luxury London Residence of Azerbaijan Official’s Son Purchased With Mysterious Payment to Shell Company

OCCRP — In what must have been one of the most aggressive reactions to being featured in the Panama Papers, Turkish multi-millionaire Mehmet Cengiz dialed up a Turkish newsroom to threaten the journalists who worked there. “You put my face on the front page — have you no… Read More
28th October 2020
Last month, The Times of Israel reported that Israel’s largest aerospace manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, transferred at least $155 million in 2012-2014 to two companies that were reportedly used as a secret slush fund for Azerbaijan’s kleptocratic elite. A new report published earlier this month on Russian… Read More
21st July 2020
OCCRP – A new project that will be led by Europol and financed by the European Commission will help the EU’s eastern neighbours — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine — fight organized crime. “Located along the Black Sea and forming part of the ‘heroin route’ from the… Read More
22nd June 2020
In the months before her murder in 2017, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was on the trail of an offshore company called 17 Black Limited. She didn’t know who owned the firm, which was registered in the United Arab Emirates. But she was certain it was set up to channel… Read More
1st June 2020
A string of luxury properties, including a £17m home near Harrods, were acquired by the children of Azerbaijan’s former security chief, an investigation has revealed. Eldar Mahmudov was dismissed as national security minister by a presidential order in 2015. No official explanation was given for his removal. Now, caches… Read More
22nd May 2020
Secret documents showing how a London couple brought at least £14 million of allegedly corrupt money from an “Azerbaijani laundromat” into Britain have been cleared for release by a judge in a partial court victory for the Evening Standard. Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said that this newspaper had an… Read More
23rd March 2020
As Turkey grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the March 17 arrest of Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mubariz Mansimov Gurbanoglu failed to draw the attention it deserves. Gurbanoglu was arrested on terrorism charges, part of what he alleges is a web of collusion between global energy giants and Turkish prosecutors. Gurbanoglu, 52, was a former ally… Read More
9th March 2020
Jahangir Hajiyev was running out of money. That was the urgent subject before the board of a company based in the tax haven of Guernsey in September 2015. For years, Hajiyev, then chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan, had used a chain of trusts and shell companies stretching from… Read More
6th January 2020
A €100,000 transaction between Keith Schembri and his auditor Brian Tonna was “crazy” and should never have been allowed to take place, a former Pilatus Bank non-executive director told the Egrant inquiry. The transaction, a suspected kickback on passport sales, has been the subject of a criminal inquiry since April… Read More
20th December 2019
Transactions at Pilatus Bank involving the daughters of Azerbaijan ruler Ilham Aliyev and the sons of  his minister for emergency situations Kamaleddin Heydarov, show “commonly accepted red flags for money laundering”, a forensic review included in the Egrant magisterial inquiry concludes. On the basis of this suspicion that the… Read More
18th December 2019
A 1,500-page inquiry had ordered the police to investigate Nexia BT partner Karl Cini for perjury, Egrant whistleblower Maria Efimova for calumny and Pilatus Bank’s operations for money laundering. These conclusions, which were never published by the government, also order an investigation into who falsified and distributed documents linking the… Read More