AMANDALA (Belize), PRENSA LIBRE, UNIVISION (Guatemala), BBC (UK)
GUATEMALA CITY- Computer software millionaire John McAfee was arrested in Guatemala late Wednesday, after fleeing his home last month in Belize following the murder of his neighbor.
The BBC reports that McAfee, who made his fortune developing anti-virus software, has been charged with entering Guatemala illegally, after admitting to authorities that he'd disguised himself in order to cross the border: dying his hair and beard, staining his teeth, and sticking bubble gum in his upper gums to fatten his face.
The multi-millionaire is wanted for questioning in Belize after the November 11 death of his neighbor, property developer Gregory Faull. Prensa Libre says that McAfee had been hiding and giving false clues to his whereabouts on his blog to evade the Belizean authorities, who want to interrogate him about the murder. He has not been charged with any crime in Belize.
Days before his death, complaints had been made by Faull about the security dogs protecting the software developer’s compound. According to Belize newspaper Amandala, police raided the compound and the dogs had been found dead and buried. Police are trying to determine whether the dogs' bullets match those that killed Faull. On his blog, McAfee says the dogs were poisoned during one of the 8 police raids on his property.
Univision reports that McAfee's lawyer, Telésforo Guerra, says that his client is not a fugitive and therefore should not be deported. Blogging from jail, on the warden's computer, McAfee seems in good spirits.
Having been in hiding for the last three weeks, McAfee fears returning to Belize as he feels he will not be fairly treated by the police or even worse, says Amandala, killed by them.