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The case involves the National Crime Agency (NCA), which is looking to seize 15 million pounds in bank accounts that belong to the wife, son, and nephew of Javanshir Feyziyev.
The family told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that the money had been transferred “in the most transparent way imaginable” to allow Dr Feyziyev’s wife Parvana and their son Orkhan Javanshir to move to London under the government’s Tier 1 investor scheme.
Charles Bott KC told the court that “this process involved the fullest disclosure of the source of the funds” and that it was “absurd” to portray this as money laundering.
He added: “This money is not – in fact or law – the proceeds of crime. It is, in large part, money which Javanshir Feyziyev used to enable his wife and son to satisfy the requirements of this country for their continuing residence.
Mr Bott added that the NCA had failed to provide any clear picture of the “Azerbaijan laundromat” and suggested that its “curious and truly unsatisfactory case” had a fantasy air.
“We may be reminded of the Loch Ness Monster. Some people say they have seen the tip above the water. Perhaps these are people who rather wanted to see it in the first place.
They tell us that a terrible beast lies beneath the surface. But no one knows what the beast looks like – or if he is really there at all.”
The case continues.
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