Thursday, December 06, 2012

John McAfee captured; video shows arrest

Security software pioneer John McAfee, 67, who hoped to gain asylum in Guatemala, has been arrested instead. In addition, the country aims to extradite to Belize, where he is wanted as a person of interest in the murder of fellow ex-patriot Gregory Faull.

McAfee's lawyer Telesforo Guerra -- who is also the uncle of McAfee's 20-year-old girlfriend Samantha, is seeking an injunction to have him released. On his blog, McAfee added that -- at the very least -- he would not be extradited to Belize until a higher court judge reviewed the case.

Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said, "He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime."

McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police and an Interpol agent at the upscale Intercontinental hotel in Guatemala City. Vice Magazine, which has two reporters working with McAfee, posted video of the capture (embedded).

According to reports, Guatemalan officials -- along with Interpol agents -- detained 67-year-old McAfee at a hotel in an upscale part of Guatemala City.

McAfee says he believes authorities in Belize will kill him if he turns himself in for questioning. Belize's Prime Minister, Dean Barrow has denied this and has gone so far as to call the former entrepreneur "extremely paranoid" and "bonkers."

Prior to his arrest, McAfee told Reuters, "It's [Belize] a wild, wild country. Everyone sees one part of Belize," he said. "They think it's a wonderful, peaceful, lovely place, blue waters, so McAfee has got to be crazy. Maybe I am crazy. If I were, I wouldn't know."

For his part, McAfee says that at least part of the enmity Belize has for him is because he refused to pay a bribe. He said has been persecuted by Belize's ruling party because he wouldn't pay some $2 million to it.

According to earlier reports, two days before Faull's murder, McAfee reported that four of his dogs had been poisoned. As he said: "We had one disagreement about a dog. I had disagreements with all my neighbors about my dogs. I had a disagreement with myself about my dogs. They were noisy."

Last weekend, reports of McAfee's capture arose, but those were incorrect. According to his blog, that was a double, used to misdirect police. His current arrest, though, is all too real.

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