John McAfee, the millionaire founder of anti-virus company McAfee, has gone on the run following the murder of his neighbour on an island off the coast of Belize.
McAfee is wanted for questioning by police in Belize investigating the unnatural death of his neighbour, 52-year-old American and retired builder Gregory Faull, who was found slain in his home from a gunshot wound to the head two days ago.
Marco Vidal, head of Belize’s police Gang Suppression Unit, has described McAfee as “person of interest” in the investigation but not a suspect.
“He (McAfee) can assist the investigation, so there is no arrest warrant for the fellow,” added Miguel Segura, the assistant commissioner of police.
In an interview with technology magazine Wired, 67-year-old McAfee denied any involvement in the murder, saying he ran from his home in fear that Faull had been killed by mistake and that he was the real target.
“I heard he had been shot. I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house. He’s dead. They killed him. It spooked me out,” he said.
McAfee also described how he buried himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe to evade police when they came to question him about the murder, because he feared they would kill him.
“It was extraordinarily uncomfortable. But they will kill me if they find me,” he added.
Faull, a retired American builder, was found dead inside his two-storey home north of San Pedro, on the island of Ambergris Caye, on the morning of 11 November. He was discovered by his housekeeper with a gunshot wound to his head. There was no sign of a break in but a laptop computer and iPhone were missing.
Faull was known to have complained about McAfee’s dogs, which the anti-virus guru believes were poisoned by the Belizean authorities.
Mr McAfee has been involved in ongoing dispute with the Belizean authorities, who he has accused of corruption and being a “military dictatorship.”
In April 2011, Belizean police raided Mr McAfee’s home looking for drugs and guns, but he was released without charge after being detained for a few hours.
He later claimed to a television station that the Belizean authorities had taken his passport and that he was being victimised because he didn’t give money to a local politician.
“Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country. You can say I’m paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question,” he said.
“They’ve been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me. I am not well-liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side,” he added.
McAfee made his $100 million (£63 million) fortune from developing anti-virus software company McAfee in the 1980s. He sold his share in the company in the 1990s and reinvented himself as a yoga teacher. He moved to Belize in 2008, buying up several properties and starting a new antibiotics company making drugs from plants.
He claims to have lost all but $4 million (£2.5 million) of his $100 million (£64 million) fortune in the global financial crisis.
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