John McAfee. Photo Reuters
John McAfee has arrived in Miami after Guatemala deported
the computer software pioneer who is wanted for questioning in
Belize over the murder of a fellow American, according to
fellow passengers on the American Airlines flight.
McAfee, 67, was escorted from the plane by airport security
officers, passengers said.
He had been held for a week in Guatemala, where he surfaced
after evading police in Belize for nearly a month following
the killing of American Gregory Faull, his neighbour on the
Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye.
Police in Belize want to quiz McAfee as a "person of
interest" in Faull's death, although the technology guru's
lawyers blocked an attempt by Guatemala to send him back
Authorities in Belize say he is not a prime suspect in the
investigation. McAfee has denied any role in Faull's killing.
A Reuters witness saw McAfee's plane bound for Miami leaving
Guatemala City. The flight arrived in Miami soon after 7pm
The goateed McAfee has led the world's media on a game of
online hide-and-seek in Belize and Guatemala since he fled
after Faull's death, peppering the Internet with pithy quotes
and colourful revelations about his unpredictable life.
"I'm happy to be going home," McAfee, dressed in a black
suit, told reporters shortly before his departure from
Guatemala City airport on Wednesday afternoon. "I've been
running through jungles and rivers and oceans and I think I
need to rest for a while. And I've been in jail for seven
Guatemala's immigration authorities had been holding McAfee
since he was arrested last Wednesday for illegally entering
the country with his 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend.
The eccentric tech pioneer, who made his fortune from the
anti-virus software bearing his name, has been chronicling
life on the run in a blog, www.whoismcafee.com.
He said he had no immediate plans after reaching Florida.
"I'm just going to hang in Miami for a while. I like Miami,"
he told Reuters by telephone just before his plane left.
"There is a great sushi place there and I really like sushi."
Residents of the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye, where
McAfee has lived for about four years, said McAfee and Faull,
52, had quarrelled at times, including over McAfee's unruly
McAfee says Belize authorities will kill him if he turns
himself in for questioning. He has said he was being
persecuted by Belize's ruling party for refusing to pay some
$2 million in bribes.
Belize's prime minister has rejected the allegations, calling
McAfee paranoid and "bonkers."
Belize police spokesman Raphael Martinez said the country
still wanted to question McAfee about the Faull case.
"He will be just under the goodwill of the United States of
America. He is still a person of interest, but a U.S.
national has been killed and he has been somewhat implicated
in that murder. People want him to answer some questions," he
Martinez noted that Belize's extradition treaty with the
United States extended only to suspected criminals, a
designation that did not currently apply to McAfee.
"Right now, we don't have enough information to change his
status from person of interest to suspect," he said.
Residents and neighbors on Ambergris Caye said McAfee was
unusual and at times unstable. He was seen to travel with
armed bodyguards, sporting a pistol tucked into his belt.
The predicament of McAfee, a former Lockheed systems
consultant, is a far cry from his heyday in the late 1980s,
when he started McAfee Associates. McAfee has no relationship
now with the company, which was sold to Intel Corp.
McAfee was previously charged in Belize with possession of
illegal firearms, and police had raided his property on
suspicions that he was running a lab to produce illegal
synthetic narcotics. He said he had not taken drugs since
"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," he told Reuters before his arrest in Guatemala.
"Then I finally went to Alcoholics Anonymous, and that was
the end of it."