Deported McAfee arrives in US13/12/2012 - 22:50:16
Anti-virus software founder John McAfee arrived in the US today after being deported from Guatemala.
He said US authorities have made no efforts to question since he landing in Miami after weeks evading Belizean authorities who want to ask him about the death of a neighbour.
“Why would they want to question me, about what?” McAfee said from the steps of his South Beach hotel today.
Multi-millionaire McAfee was deported from Guatemala after sneaking in illegally from Belize, where police want to question him in connection with the death of a US expatriate who lived near him on an island off Belize’s coast.
US officials said there was no active arrest warrant for McAfee that would justify taking him into custody.
McAfee said he was put on a plane to Miami where he will stay until his two girlfriends can join him.
“I had the warmest welcome of my life. The captain patted me on the shoulders and said, ’We’re here to help you, sir, please come with us,”’ McAfee told a throng of reporters camped outside his South Beach.
The 67-year-old British native said he has no money and no home in the US and has been getting by on cash has a Canadian friend sent him until his property manager comes to Miami with his cash and credit cards.
McAfee bristled as reporters repeatedly asked him why he won’t answer questions from officials in Belize, denying he was under investigation.
He stressed that he was afraid to answer questions because dozens of officials there stormed his property, killed his dogs, handcuffed him for hours and tried to extort money. He has not been charged with a crime.
“If they didn’t want to harm me, why have they been harming my property and my dogs? Now five of my dogs have been killed,” said McAfee, claiming authorities shot one of his dogs in the head and raided his house eight times.
He said he had no choice but to flee because “there was a nationwide manhunt for me” and he was worried he would be thrown in a cell and silenced if captured.
Officials in Belize also trumped up charges against him for running a drugs laboratory out of his home and hiring security guards without a licence, he said.
“Did I kill Mr Faull? No, let me be clear. I had absolutely nothing to do with the murder in Belize.”
McAfee said he faked a heart attack in Guatemala to give his lawyer enough time to file motions keeping him from returning to Belize.
McAfee’s expulsion from Guatemala marked the last chapter in a strange, month-long odyssey to avoid police questioning about the November killing of American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull, who lived near McAfee’s compound on Ambergris Caye, off Belize’s Caribbean coast.
McAfee has acknowledged that his dogs were bothersome and that Faull had complained about them days before some of the dogs were poisoned. The two did not get along, he said.
“He hated my dogs. I was not fond of him. I wasn’t fond of any of my neighbours. I’m not fond of most people who drink.” he said, adding most people on the island thought he was a “weirdo” because he doesn’t drink.
He was in hiding in Belize for weeks after police pronounced him a person of interest in the killing. Belizean authorities have urged him to show up for questioning, but have not lodged any formal charges against him. McAfee has said he feared he would be killed if he turned himself in to Belizean authorities.
Belize’s prime minister, Dean Barrow, has expressed doubts about McAfee’s mental state, saying: “I don’t want to be unkind to the gentleman, but I believe he is extremely paranoid, even bonkers.”
McAfee is an acknowledged practical joker who has dabbled in yoga, ultra-light aircraft and the production of herbal medications. He has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the software company named after him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.
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