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Created 2019-07-20
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Title Jewellery linked to £16m Harrods woman seized
Description Jewellery linked to £16m Harrods woman seized The 49 items of Cheap Jewelry Websites were seized on Tuesday by officers investigating the woman and her husband - who are the first targets of a new power looking into unexplained wealth invested in the UK. Last month, the BBC won a legal battle to name Zamira Hajiyeva, from Azerbaijan, who has been ordered by the courts to explain how she could afford £22m worth of property in the UK. That property comprised a large home near Harrods, along with two bays in the store's private car park, and a Berkshire golf course. Mrs Hajiyeva also spent £16m in the luxury goods department store over a decade - some of which went on high value jewellery. Her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, is in jail in Azerbaijan after being convicted of defrauding the state bank he once ran of millions of pounds.On Thursday morning a judge ruled that the NCA could hold the jewellery taken from Christies for six months, as part of its continuing investigation into the family's wealth. In a statement, the NCA said that Christies had been valuing the items for Mrs Hajiyeva's daughter, Leyla Mahmudova. "It is the view of the NCA that the source of the funds to purchase the jewellery requires further investigation," said the statement. "Christie's auction house co-operated with the investigation, complying with a formal request for information," said the NCA statement.The most expensive item seized is a Boucheron sapphire and ruby necklace worth up to £120,000. While an earlier court hearing into Mrs Hajiyeva's wealth revealed she had bought that brand of jewellery from Harrods, it's not clear whether this particular item was part of her shopping spree.Another of the items, a Van Cleef and Arpels pearl necklace valued at £20,000, is said to have been bought by the jailed banker in 2008 in St Moritz, Switzerland. Other items seized include a Cartier "Panthere" pendant worth up to £9,000 and a £4,000 diamond cluster and bar necklace. Unexplained Wealth Orders are a new power to combat suspected international corruption. The court orders target individuals and families, linked to foreign governments, who have invested in property in the UK with no clear source for their wealth. Under the terms of her UWO, Mrs Hajiyeva must explain to investigators how she and her husband became rich enough to buy their London property, or face a second court order to seize the property.
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