The woman who spent £16m in Harrods and was the target of the UK’s first unexplained wealth order has been arrested and faces extradition.

Woman arrested for spending 16 million in harolds

 Zamira Hajiyeva was identified last month after a failed attempt to appeal against the legal order, which forces her to explain to the  NCA how she acquired an £11.5m property in Knightsbridge.

 She is married to a certain Jahangir Hajiyev, who was  convicted 2016 for embezzling money from the International Bank of Azerbaijan.

 She was arrested by the Metropolitan police after an extradition request from authorities in Baku and faces two charges of embezzlement.

 A judge at Westminster magistrates court ruled on Tuesday that Hajiyeva could be released on bail under certain conditions, including remaining at her Knightsbridge home and also reporting to police daily and paying a £500,000 bond.

 However, the decision was challenged by prosecutors and Hajiyeva will remain in custody pending an appeal on Thursday.

 jewellery worth £400,000 was also seized from the auction house Christie’s in connection with the case last week.

 The NCA said the source of funds used to purchase the jewellery, including a £120,000 Boucheron necklace, required further investigation.

 Hajiyeva has denied any wrongdoing. After she was named in court, her lawyers said: “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.

 “The NCA’s case is that the UWO [unexplained wealth order] is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offence.”

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