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McAfee deported from Guatemala, arrives in Miami

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee, who has been evading authorities in Belize since last month, is now back in the United States, according to reports.

After holding him at a Guatemalan immigration centre for a week, officials in the country decided to deport him back to the States. McAfee's lawyers successfully blocked an attempt to deport him to Belize, where he is wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbour, Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American expatriate.

"I am being expelled, I will have to leave today," McAfee said in a phone interview with Bloomberg. "I'll be leaving on the 3:40 flight to Miami on American Airlines, and I have no choice in the matter, however I am perfectly happy with the decision."

McAfee added that he has offered to talk to police in Belize over the phone "numerous times." He has continuously denied any involvement in the shooting death of his neighbour in Belize, and accused authorities there of corruption, saying he fears for his life should he be taken into custody.

"This is not an issue of talking about a murder, it's an issue of putting their hands on my person," he said.

Officials in Guatemala detained McAfee last week for illegally crossing the border into the country. Prior to that, he had been running from police in Belize for nearly a month.

Guatemalan officials last week denied McAfee's request for political asylum and he was expected to be deported back to the capital of Belize. Following the denial, McAfee said returning to the US was his only hope.

"The [Belizean] government was mad at me before," he said last week during a press conference from a Guatemalan detention centre. "They are seriously mad at me now. There is no hope for my life if I ever return to Belize."