'McMafia' law: woman who spent £16m at Harrods is jailed banker's wife

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Zamira Hajiyeva is wife of Azerbaijani banker jailed for defrauding his state-owned bank out of as much as £2.2bn

The woman at the centre of the UK’s first McMafia-style “dirty money” investigation who has a £1.6m-a-year Harrods spending habit has been unmasked as Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of an Azerbaijani banker jailed for defrauding his state-owned bank out of as much as £2.2bn.

The court of appeal has lifted a veil of secrecy allowing details of the country’s first unexplained wealth order (UWO), in which the National Crime Agency alleges that stolen funds were used to buy her a £11.5m five-bedroom property in Knightsbridge only 100 yards from the doors of Harrods. The court heard that Hajiyeva spent £16.3m at Harrods between 2006 and 2016.

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