Hajiyeva, who spent £ 16 million in London department store, released on bail
The woman suspected of squandering can be sent home to Azerbaijan.
Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, the wife of ex-head of the International Bank of Azerbaijan Jahangir Hajiyev sentenced to 15 years in prison, who was arrested in London after buying jewelry for £ 16 million, is released on bail of £ 500,000. British authorities are checking the origin of the money. Hajiyeva faces extradition to her homeland, as she is on the international wanted list in a criminal case of embezzlement, reports BBC News.
The court banned Hajiyeva from leaving her house between 21:00 and 6:00 and ordered her to report to the police station on daily basis. In addition, the arrested cannot be close to international stations and airports and travel outside the ring road around London.
According to the UK law on income of unknown origin, adopted in 2017, Hajiyeva is supposed to explain to the National Crime Agency a source of her income. From 2006 to 2016, Hajiyeva spent £ 16.3 million at Harrods department store in London. In just one day, the wife of the convicted ex-banker bought diamonds for £ 150,000. British authorities are also interested in her luxury real estate worth $ 28.5 million. If they are bought for illegally obtained money, the mansions will be confiscated.
In Azerbaijan, Hajiyeva was arrested in absentia and placed on the international wanted list after the case of embezzling the state bank’s money, owned by Jahangir Hajiyev, was solved.