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McAfee wants to return to US

Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD
Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 03:51 hrs

pSoftware guru John McAfee fighting deportation from Guatemala to Belize to face questions about the slaying of a neighbor said on Saturday he wants to return to the United Statespp&ldquoMy goal is to get back to America as soon as possible&rdquo McAfee 67 said in a phone call to Reuters from the immigration facility where he is being held for illegally crossing the border to Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriendpp&ldquoI wish I could just pack my bags and go to Miami&rdquo McAfee said &ldquoI don&rsquot think I fully understood the political situation I&rsquom an embarrassment to the Guatemalan government and I&rsquom jeopardizing their relationship with Belize&rdquoppThe two neighboring countries in Central America are locked in a decades-long territorial dispute and voters in 2013 will decide in a referendum how to proceedppResponding to McAfee&rsquos remarks a US State Department spokeswoman said US citizens in foreign countries are subject to local laws Officials can only ensure they are &ldquotreated properly within this framework&rdquo she saidppOn Wednesday Guatemalan authorities arrested McAfee in a hotel in Guatemala City where he was holed up with his Belizean girlfriendppThe former Silicon Valley millionaire is wanted for questioning by Belizean authorities who say he is a &ldquoperson of interest&rdquo in the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull McAfee&rsquos neighbor on the Caribbean island of Ambergris CayeppThe two had quarreled at times including over McAfee&rsquos unruly dogs Authorities in Belize say he is not a prime suspect in the investigationppGuatemala rejected McAfee&rsquos request for asylum on Thursday His lawyers then filed several appeals to block his deportation They say it could take months to resolve the matterppThe software developer has been evading Belize authorities for nearly four weeks and has chronicled his life on the run in his blog wwwwhoismcafeecomppMcAfee claims authorities will kill him if he turns himself in for questioning He has denied any role in Faull&rsquos killing and said he is being persecuted by Belize&rsquos ruling party for refusing to pay some 2 million in bribesppBelize&rsquos prime minister has rejected this calling McAfee paranoid and &ldquobonkersppAfter making millions with the anti-virus software bearing his name McAfee later lost much of his fortune For the past four years he has lived in semi-reclusion in BelizeppHe started McAfee Associates in the late 1980s but left soon after taking it public McAfee now has no relationship with the company which was later sold to Intel CorpppHours after his arrest McAfee was rushed to a hospital for what his lawyer said were two mild heart attacks Later he said the problem was stress McAfee said he fainted after days of heavy smoking poor eating and knocking his head against a wallppHe told Reuters he no longer has access to the Internet and has turned over the management of his blog to friends in Seattle Washington On Saturday they began posting a series of files claiming to detail Belize&rsquos corruptionppResidents and neighbors in Belize have said the eccentric tech entrepreneur who is covered in tribal tattoos and kept an entourage of bodyguards and young women on the island had appeared unstable in recent monthsppPolice in April raided his property in Belize on suspicion he was running a lab to make illegal narcotics There already was a case against him for possession of illegal firearmsppMcAfee says the charges are an attempt to frame himpp&ldquoPeople are saying I&rsquom paranoid and crazy but it&rsquos difficult for people to comprehend what has been happening to me&rdquo he said &ldquoIt&rsquos so unusual so out of the mainstream&rdquop


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