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Revealed: What ‘McMafia order’ wife Zamira Hajiyeva spent £16m on at Harrods | World News

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The eye-watering sums of money spent on designer clothes, jewellery and chocolate by the woman hit with the UK’s first unexplained wealth order (UWO) have been revealed.

Zamira Hajiyeva spent millions during her decade-long spending spree – including £16m at luxury store Harrods between 2006 and 2016.

Mrs Hajiyeva, the wife of jailed Azerbaijani banker Jahangir Hajiyev, 57, came under the scrutiny of the National Crime Agency (NCA) when anti-corruption statute, nicknamed the McMafia laws, came into effect last year.

Jewellery seized from Christies linked to the unexplained wealth order imposed on Zamira Hajiyeva
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Jewellery seized in connection with the unexplained wealth order

The investigators wanted to know how the couple could afford to buy an £11.5m Knightsbridge house and a £10.5m golf club in Ascot, Berkshire.

A £1.1 million Cartier diamond ring, as well as other jewellery worth more than £400,000, have been seized by the NCA.

The ring will be held for six months while inquiries continue. Pic: NCA
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The ring confiscated by the NCA

The shopping habits of the 55-year-old, who spent £600,000 in a single day, were laid out in High Court documents spanning 95 pages and have been released to the public.

The mother-of-three spent:

:: £1.75m at Cartier, famous for its watches and jewellery

:: £1m in the Harrods toy department, including a single purchase of £790,000

:: £250,000 on perfume

Jewellery worth £400k linked to first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) seized by NCA
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The jewellery seized includes several necklaces

:: £4m at luxury jewellers Boucheron

:: £30,000 in one payment to gourmet Belgian chocolate chain Godiva

:: £2,400 on wine and spirits in a single purchase

:: Hundreds of thousands of pounds on designer clothes, including £131,300 at Dennis Basso, £144,000 at Celine, £136,00 at Fendi and £143,000 at Christian Dior in single visits.

The transactions are linked to three separate loyalty cards and 35 credit cards issued by her husband’s bank.

EMBARGOED TO 1200 TUESDAY MAY 28 The home of Jahangir and Zamira Hajiyeva on Walton Street, Knightsbridge, purchased in 2009 for 11.5 million. A judge found mother-of-three Mrs Hajiyeva spent more than 16 million in luxury department Harrods store, including almost 500,000 in a single day, during a decade-long spending spree between September 2006 and June 2016.
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The Knightsbridge home of Jahangir and Zamira Hajiyeva

Mrs Hajiyeva also made 38 visits to a Harrods safe deposit box between January 2011 and April 2016. Items kept in the box must be lawful and must not damage the reputation of Harrods.

Her husband was the chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) for 14 years until he resigned in 2015 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement.

He was ordered to pay the IBA around $39m (£30m) and had his watch confiscated (worth around £50,000), as well as a gold coin and gold plaque inscribed with his name and position.

In 2011, it was revealed Mr Hajiyeva owned a £15m villa on the Italian island of Sardinia and a £5m house and a £2m flat in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

In October, Mrs Hajiyeva lost her attempt to overturn one of the UWOs.

Harrods Winter Sale
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£16m was spent at Harrods alone

Her lawyers claimed her husband’s conviction was the result of a “show trial”.

“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,” they said.

They emphasised the UWO was part of an investigative process and did not involve the finding of any criminal offence.

Mrs Hajiyeva can appeal the High Court’s decision by the Court of Appeal.

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