Unexplained wealth orders: Woman who spent £16 million at London store arrested
07 Nov 2018

A former banker’s wife, who is fighting a British police order to declare the source of her millions, has been arrested and faces extradition.

Police reportedly arrested Zamira Hajiyeva after they received an extradition request from authorities in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. It is understood she faces two charges of embezzlement.

Her husband, the former head of a state bank in Azerbaijan, is currently serving a 15-year jail term over fraud and embezzlement allegations.

The UK’s National Crime Agency has issued an unexplained wealth order against Hajiyeva, demanding she explain how she acquired her riches.

In addition to living in a £15 million property, she reportedly spent £16 million at Harrods over a number of years.

Her lawyers say she was a ‘spendthrift’ and not a ‘fraudster.’

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