December 12, 2012, 9:14 PM —
REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
The antivirus pioneer John McAfee is headed back to the United States after authorities in Guatemala expelled him earlier today for illegally entering the country in an attempt to escape authorities in Belize, where he is wanted for questioning in connection with a murder.
In a phone interview with Bloomberg News this afternoon, the 67-year old said he was being put on an American Airlines flight to Miami on Wednesday afternoon.
"I'm being expelled," McAfee said in the interview, which appears to have been given just before he was driven to the airport by Guatemalan law enforcement authorities.
"I have no choice in the matter," he said. "However, I am perfectly happy with the decision."
McAfee said he has recorded an apology to the Guatemalan president "for putting him in a very slippery position in their negotiation of a peace treaty with Belize," McAfee told Bloomberg news. "I told him I sympathize with his decision and I hoped that he would sympathize with mine," McAfee added, presumably referring to his decision to seek refuge in Guatemala.
McAfee, the founder of the antivirus company with the eponymous name, has been on the run from Belize police since Nov. 10th, after his neighbor and fellow American Gregory Faull was found shot to death in his home.
A disguised McAfee, along with his girlfriend and two reporters, eluded Belize police for three weeks before managing to slip into Guatemala last week.
Guatemalan police promptly arrested him and said they would deport him back to Belize last Friday. However, McAfee who suffered a mini breakdown while in detention in Guatemala, appears to have managed to get the government there to send him back to the U.S. instead.
Prior to the killing, McAfee and Faull were rumored to have had some sort of disagreement over several guard dogs owned by McAfee. Belize police have claimed that McAfee is not a suspect in the murder but only want to question him as a person of interest in the case.