Zamira Hajiyeva: How the wife of a jailed banker spent £16m in Harrods

  • 28 May 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Zamira Hajiyeva: Centre of NCA investigation

It is perhaps the shopping bill to end all shopping bills.

Documents disclosed to the BBC have revealed how a woman married to a jailed banker managed to spend £16m in Harrods without raising suspicions.

Zamira Hajiyeva, currently fighting the UK's first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO), used 54 credit cards - many of which were linked to her husband's bank - to go on a massive spending spree in the west London department store over a decade.

Mrs Hajiyeva risks losing her £15m home near Harrods - plus a Berkshire golf course worth millions more on top - if she fails to explain the source of her wealth to the High Court.

Her husband is serving a 15-year sentence in their native Azerbaijan for stealing millions from his state-controlled bank.

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Zain Qaiser: Student jailed for blackmailing porn users worldwide

  • 9 April 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Zain Qaiser scammed visitors to pornography sites around the world

A student who made hundreds of thousands of pounds blackmailing pornography website users with cyber attacks has been jailed.

Zain Qaiser from Barking, London, used his programming skills to scam visitors to pornography sites around the world.

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Royal wedding 'zombies' lose human rights case

  • 28 March 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Hannah Eiseman-Reynard, left, was deemed a threat on the wedding day

Protesters have lost a legal fight against pre-emptive arrests made when some of them dressed as zombies in London during 2011's royal wedding.

The nine demonstrators were detained until after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kissed on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

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How long will the undercover policing inquiry take?

  • 24 March 2019
  • From the section UK
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In February 2019, one of the UK's longest-running and most controversial inquiries confirmed what's been long suspected - that it may be another year before it hears any evidence at all.

The inquiry into alleged undercover policing abuses was launched four years ago, in March 2015.

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Immigration removals stopped by injunction

  • 14 March 2019
  • From the section UK
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Hundreds of immigration removals are in doubt after the High Court ordered the Home Office to stop using a controversial "no warning" tactic.

A charity defending detainees has won an injunction after saying the policy breached the right to access justice.

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Secret document reveals police 'blacklisting'

  • 6 March 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Blacklist campaign: Workers across the UK are still demanding justice

A secret police document has revealed how the Metropolitan Police's Special Branch helped the illegal blacklisting of trade unionists - preventing them from getting jobs because of their political views.

In one case, detectives suggested one individual was a terrorist, despite the claim being wrong.

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Corey Junior Davis: The gang grooming that killed a 14-year-old

  • 28 February 2019
  • From the section UK
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Media captionKeisha McLeod: 'It confirms everything that I believe'

The mother of a 14-year-old boy shot dead in gang violence in London has said a report into the scale of the problem confirms everything she experienced with her own son.

Corey Junior Davis, known as CJ, died in September 2017 after an apparent gang-related drive-by shooting in East London. Police are still hunting his killers.

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Shamima Begum: What can the UK do about the IS teenager?

  • 14 February 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption "I'm not the same silly little schoolgirl who ran away four years ago," Ms Begum said

Shamima Begum, one of three schoolgirls who left London in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, has said she wants to return to the UK. But what problems does that throw up?

Who is Shamima Begum - and what did she do?

Shamima Begum is from Bethnal Green in east London and left home in 2015 at the height of the power of the self-styled Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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Terror attacks: Closing legal loophole will give firms insurance cover

  • 12 February 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Borough Market: Famous food traders were hit hard by the London Bridge attack in 2017

Firms hit by financial losses after a terror attack are to benefit from a legal loophole being shut.

Businesses will now be able to get insurance even if they have not been damaged by a bomb.

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Are the Stansted 15 being treated like terrorists?

  • 6 February 2019
  • From the section UK
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Media captionThe Stansted 15 broke through a fence at the airport in an attempt to reach a jet taking 60 people to three African nations

Clip, clip, clip go the cutters as the perimeter fence is cut. "Go, go, go!" says a man in the dark and rain - and 15 anti-deportation campaigners break into Stansted Airport in March 2017.

Minutes later, they reached stand 505, where a jet was preparing to transport some 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

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