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Banker wife went on PS16m Harrods spree; FRAUDSTER'S SPOUSE MUST EXPLAIN VAST WEALTH Woman who blew PS4k a day unmasked.

Byline: SAM TOBIN

A WOMAN who spent PS16million in 10 years at Harrods has been hit with a crackdown on her wealth.

Zamira Hajiyeva's identity was revealed after she failed in a court bid to remain anonymous.

Examples of her big spending at the London store between September 2006 and June 2016 - the equivalent of PS4000 a day - revealed to the High Court included: ? PS150,000 spent on one day on Boucheron - a luxury jewellery, perfume and watches brand. ? PS100,000 on Cartier jewellery and PS20,000 on luxury men's goods.

Mrs Hajiyeva used three store loyalty cards and 35 credit cards issued by her husband Jahangir Hajiyeva's bank.

Official records reveal Mrs Hajiyeva also bought a PS32million Gulfstream G550 jet.

She also lost a fight to discharge the Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO), which was enforced by the National Crime Agency against two properties worth PS22million - one of them an PS11.5million home in London's Knightsbridge.

The order forces the owners to explain where the money comes from. Crime officials can use UWOs if they suspect assets have been gained via corrupt means or using laundered money.

The Hajiyeva case is believed to be one of the first uses of UWOs.

At the High Court last week, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed Mrs Hajiyeva's application to discharge the UWO and also discharged an anonymity order stopping the identification of her and her husband, their country of origin, the bank he worked for, and the two properties.

Mr Hajiyeva was chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan from 2001 until his resignation in 2015. He was later sentenced to 15 years for fraud and embezzlement.

Mrs Hajiyeva's lawyers, who have applied for permission to appeal against the UWO, said: "The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an UWO against Zamira Hajiyeva should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing. The NCA's case is that the UWO is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure."

Duncan Hames, of Transparency International UK, said: "We're delighted this first case is progressing in court, underlining the effectiveness of UWOs in targeting suspicious wealth."

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THAT'S RICH Mrs Hajiyeva bought Cartier jewelley and a Boucheron watch at Harrods

HIGH FLIER Hajiyeva bought PS32million jet, above

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