A plane carrying computer software pioneer John McAfee landed in Miami on Wednesday after Guatemala deported the former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who is wanted for questioning in Belize about the murder of a fellow American, according to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight.
McAfee, 67, was escorted from the plane by airport security officers, passengers said. He had been held for a week in Guatemala, where he surfaced after evading police in Belize for nearly a month following the death of American Gregory Faull, his neighbor on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye.
Police in Belize want to quiz McAfee as a "person of interest" in Faull's death, but authorities there say he is not a prime suspect in the investigation. McAfee has denied any role in Faull's killing.
Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee returned to the U.S. today after being deported from Guatemala, where he sought asylum from charges that he murdered a neighbor near his former house in Belize.
Guatemalan officials decided to deport McAfee after his lawyers managed to block them from sending him back to Belize, where he has been evading investigators for more than a month, reported Reuters.
"For me, it's best that McAfee go to the United States, that's definitely the country where he will be safest," said Telesforo Guerra, his attorney in the immigration case that has resulted in his deporting. "In Guatemala he runs the risk that anything could happen to him."
McAfee was detained for a week after sneaking into Guatemala from neighboring Belize. According to Fox News, he has been wearing disguises while hiding from the police who want to question him in the shooting death of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull, who also is American.
McAfee denies that he committed the murder, saying that the government in Belize was trying to frame him because of information about corruption there.
During an Internet broadcast on Sunday, while waiting to find out if he would be deported back to Belize, McAfee said he would like to return to the U.S. to “settle down” and "live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years.”
Officials in Belize said they expect to have a chance to talk to McAfee at some point after he made it back to the States.
"He will be just under the good will of the United States of America. He is still is a person of interest, but a U.S. national has been killed and he has been somewhat implicated in that murder. People want him to answer some questions," said Belize police spokesman Raphael Martinez. "We have good relations with the United States of America and I am sure that we will get to the bottom of it."
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