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McAfee saga reaches Miami

December 13, 2012

The eccentric techie, John McAfee has been deported to the United States. The software developer is wanted for questioning in Belize in connection with a homicide.

U.S. anti-virus software guru John McAfee uses a computer in a migrant shelter, where he is detained in Guatemala City, December 6, 2012. Guatemalan police arrested McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would expel him to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder. REUTERS/Human Rights Attorney/Handout (GUATEMALA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Anti-virus software founder John McAfee arrived in Miami on Wednesday evening, after Guatemala deported the former entrepreneur who is wanted for questioning in Belize over a homicide.

"I'm happy to be going home," McAfee said to reporters before departing from Guatemala City airport 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."

"I'm just going to hang in Miami for a while. I like Miami," McAfee told Reuters by telephone. "There is a great sushi place there and I really like sushi."

McAfee, 67, who had been transferred via an American Airlines flight, arrived at Miami International Airport just before 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to an airport spokesman, although McAfee was not seen in public.

Passenger Frank Medina said that McAfee had been removed from the plane before everyone else.

McAfee had been detained for a week in Guatemala after he was spotted. Before that he had evaded police in Belize for almost a month. The authorities had wanted to speak to him in connection with the murder of fellow American, Gregory Faull, his neighbor on Ambergris Caye, an island in the Caribbean.

McAfee claims that if he agrees to be questioned by Belize authorities, they will kill him. He alleges that Belize's ruling party has been persecuting him for refusing to pay around $2 million worth of bribes.

But Belize's prime minister denies the allegations and has branded McAfee paranoid and “bonkers.” Belize authorities also insist that McAfee is not a prime suspect in their murder investigation.

sej/jm (Reuters, AFP)