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Guatemala detains John McAfee

Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD
Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 07:41 hrs

pGuatemalan police arrested US software guru John McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would seek to expel him to neighboring Belize which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbors murderppMcAfee who had been in hiding for three weeks crossed into Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend to evade authorities in Belize who wanted to quiz him as "a person of interest" about the killing of fellow American Gregory Faullpp"He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime" Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police and a member of Interpol at the upscale Intercontinental hotel in Guatemala CityppOne of Silicon Valleys first entrepreneurs to build an internet fortune the 67-year-old made millions of dollars through the antivirus software that now carries his nameppMcAfees behaviour has been increasingly erratic in recent years but there is no international arrest warrant for him Police in Belize say he is not a prime suspectppGovernment spokesman Francisco Cuevas said the entrepreneur would be expelled to Belize and he expected the process to be completed by early Thursday morningppFernando Lucero spokesman for Guatemalas immigration department said immediate deportation had been ruled out McAfees lawyer Telesforo Guerra was seeking an injunction to have him released and the American said on his blog wwwwhoismcafeecom that he would not now be returned to the Belize border until a higher judge reviewed the caseppMcAfee was taken to a residence belonging to the immigration department guarded by a small group of policeppHe had been seeking political asylum in Guatemala which has been embroiled in a long-running territorial dispute with BelizeppResidents and neighbours on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye where McAfee has lived in Belize for about four years say he is eccentric impulsive volatile and at times unstable citing his love of guns and young women McAfee has said he believes authorities in Belize will kill him if he turns himself in for questioningppBelizes prime minister has denied this and called him paranoid and "bonkers"pp"Its a wild wild country" McAfee told Reuters in an interview in his hotel room just hours before his detention "Everyone sees one part of Belize" he said "They think its a wonderful peaceful lovely place blue waters so McAfee has got to be crazy Maybe I am crazy If I were I wouldnt know"ppIn Belize he was often seen with armed bodyguards dressed in camouflage pistols tucked into his belt McAfees slain neighbour had complained about the loud barking of dogs that guarded his exclusive beachside compoundppHis run-in with authorities in Belize is a world away from a successful life in the United States where the former Lockheed systems consultant started McAfee Associates in the late 1980s McAfee has no relationship now with the company which was sold to Intel CorpppThere was already a case against McAfee in Belize for possession of illegal firearms and police had previously raided his property on suspicion he was running a lab to make illegal synthetic narcoticsppHe says he has not taken drugs since 1983pp"Before then I took drugs constantly 24 hours of the day I took them for years and years I was the worst drug abuser on the planet" McAfee said "Then I finally went to Alcoholics Anonymous and that was the end of it"ppBut he has no regrets about the path his life has taken or the loss of the lions share of his fortune over the years and says he is happier now that he cares less for material thingspp"My life has not declined" he said "My life has been on the increase ever since I decided that stuff - houses money &mdash doesnt mean much I had more money than I could spend in million lifetimes Why would I care"ppMcAfee says he has been persecuted by Belizes ruling party because he wouldnt pay out some 2 million to itpp"The misunderstanding of the severity of their request for money was my big mistake" McAfee said "Had I known that I would maybe have said 2 million is way too much Lets negotiate something just dont rape me for the next seven months Writing a check would have been a lot easier"ppThe party has denied soliciting money from himppMcAfee has been living in the tiny Central American nation for about four years and wants to return to live there eventually But he says he is being framed and denies any involvement in his neighbours killingpp"We had one disagreement about a dog I had disagreements with all my neighbours about my dogs I had a disagreement with myself about my dogs They were noisy" he saidpp"Why would I leave behind the body and all the evidence" he asked "Im not stupid"p


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