Police in the United Kingdom said on Monday they seized a million-dollar diamond ring purchased by a jailed Azerbaijani banker whose wife is under investigation for failing to explain the source of her suspiciously large fortune.
The UK’s first target under the new anti-corruption law is Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, who owns a US$15 million home in London and spent $20 million on shopping at Harrods, British media reported Wednesday.
A politician from central Asia with a multi-million pound property portfolio has been the first person in the UK to be subject to an “unexplained wealth order” as authorities attempt to stop the flow of dirty money through London.
The UK will force people owning property worth more than £50,000 (US$70,000) who have suspected links to organized crime or are vulnerable to graft as a result of their political position to explain where they got their money from, The Times reported on Saturday.
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