The subject of the UK’s first unexplained wealth order has been revealed as Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of the former chairman of a state-owned bank in Azerbaijan.
“The government has successfully fought off two legal challenges to the McMafia law this week. But Zamira Hajiyeva’s £22 million town houses are a drop in the ocean – the NCA itself estimates that hundreds of billions of unexplained wealth comes into the UK every year," said Ava Lee, Anti-Corruption Campaigner at Global Witness.
"Now this law been tested in the courts, the government can confidently start rolling out unexplained wealth orders everywhere they are needed.”
Ava Lee, Senior Communications Advisor, Anti-Corruption