Andy Lewis, of the NCA, said: "This is the fourth case in which we have obtained a UWO
. This latest order shows that we will act against those who we believe are causing the most harm to our communities."
Andy Lewis, Head of Asset Denial at the NCA, said: "This is the fourth case in which we have obtained a UWO
. Our investigations are complex and involve careful consideration before we make an application before the court.
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Two Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs
) have been granted against Mrs Hajiyeva, while a judge found she spent more than PS16m in Harrods between September 2006 and June 2016.
In 2018, the UK passed an amendment to the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) which empowered the authorities to apply to court for an UWO
against an individual.The court would allow an application for UWO
if there are grounds for suspecting that the known source of wealth of an individual do not match the value of assets that the individual owns or if the individual is a politically exposed person or is related to such a person.
The UK's first use of an UWO
in October against Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of an Azerbaijani banker jailed for corruption, revealed that she had arrived in the UK on an investor visa in 2010.
It said it planned to extend the use of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs
), one means by which the assets of corrupt "politically exposed persons" or those with links to serious crime can be seized.
means she has to explain the origin of her fortune.
He said the UWO
will enable the government to seize 'extraordinary assets' owned by individuals, especially politicians.
Lawyers for Mrs Hajiyeva previously said in a statement the UWO
"does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on her part or that of her husband".
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.
Once the UWO
has been granted by the UK high court, the individual must respond within a certain time period, and if a reasonable explanation for the wealth is not given, the property is presumed to be recoverable.