Fugitive software tycoon John McAfee pleads to return home after facing deportation due to an illegal entry into Guatemala from Belize.
On Monday, McAfee released an online statement while in custody at a Guatemalan detention center, saying there was “no hope for my life” if he returned to Belize.
The 67-year-old said, “I cannot ever return to Belize,” after evading Belizean police for months over an inquiry into the alleged murder of his neighbor in the US.
British-born McAfee said going back to face trial in the US, where he made around USD 100 million from the anti-virus software company, “is my only hope now.” He later added, “I would be happy to go to England, I have dual citizenship.”
McAfee has bought time over deportation to Belize after appealing to the Guatemalan government, said McAfee’s attorney Telesforo Guerra on Sunday.
“We hope it is resolved favorably and that he is allowed to go free, as there is no reason for him to be detained. He is not a criminal, he is a political refugee being persecuted by the Belizean authorities,” Guerra said.
Arrested in Guatemala City on December 5, McAfee was fleeing Belizean police who had orders to take him in for questioning over the alleged murder of his American neighbor, Gregory Faull.
Faull was found dead with a shotgun slug in his head on the morning of November 11, in San Pedro, California. McAfee has denied the killing and has offered a USD 25,000 reward to anyone who finds Faull’s killer.
Before Faull’s death, he wrote a letter complaining of McAfee’s “vicious” dogs. US police are examining slugs that McAfee shot into his dogs before fleeing. If the slugs found in Faull match up with the dogs, it could be a key to the investigation.
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