Guatemala deports software pioneer McAfee to U.S.

Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:16pm EST
 

By Sofia Menchu and Mike McDonald

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - John McAfee's odyssey on the run opened a new chapter on Wednesday after Guatemala deported to the United States the former Silicon Valley entrepreneur wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American.

McAfee, 67, 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 neighbor on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye.

A Reuters witness saw McAfee's plane bound for Miami leaving Guatemala City just before 3:40 p.m. (2140 GMT). The flight is scheduled to arrive in Miami at 7:10 p.m. (0010 GMT Thursday).

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 colorful 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 days."

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 there.

Authorities in Belize say he is not a prime suspect in the investigation. McAfee has denied any role in Faull's killing.

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.   Continued...

 
Software pioneer John McAfee is escorted by immigration officers to the Guatemalan Airport in Guatemala City December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez