UPDATE: Software mogul John McAfee has been released from detention in Guatemala City and has landed in Miami.
Immediately upon landing, according to passengers on the plane, McAfee’s name was called and he was whisked off the aircraft. It was not clear whether officials intended to help McAfee avoid the inevitable media circus or wanted to question him. However, he has not been charged with committing a crime in Guatemala or Belize, where the authorities have sought to question him about the murder of his neighbor.
McAfee’s departure from Guatemala came earlier Wednesday.
(NEW YORK) — Software mogul John McAfee has been released from detention in Guatemala City and is on a plane bound for Miami.
“They took me out of my cell and put me on a freaking airplane,” he told ABC News. “I had no choice in the matter.”
McAfee said, however, that Guatemalan authorities had been “nice” and that his exit from the Central American country was “not at all” unpleasant. “It was the most gracious expulsion I’ve ever experienced. Compared to my past two wives that expelled me this isn’t a terrible trip.”
McAfee, 67, said he would not be accompanied by his 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend, but is seeking a visa for her. He also said he had retained a lawyer in the U.S.
McAfee, who had been living in a beachfront house in Belize, went on the run after the Nov. 10 murder of his neighbor, fellow American expatriate Greg Faull. Belize police said they wanted to question McAfee about the murder, but McAfee said he feared for his life in Belizean custody.
He entered Guatemala last week seeking asylum, but was arrested and taken to an immigration detention center. He was taken to the hospital after suffering a nervous collapse and then returned to the detention center. The U.S. State Department has visited McAfee, who is a dual U.S.-British citizen, several times during his stay in Guatemala.
During his three-week journey, said McAfee, he disguised himself as handicapped, dyed his hair seven times and hid in many different places.
He dismissed accounts of erratic behavior and reports that he had been using the synthetic drug bath salts. He said he had never used the drug, and said statements that he had were part of an elaborate prank.
Investigators in Belize said that McAfee was not a suspect in the death of Faull, a former developer who was found shot in the head in his house.
McAfee told ABC News that the poisoning death of his dogs and the murder just hours later of Faull, who had complained about his dogs, was a coincidence.
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