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Software pioneer McAfee expects to be freed 'soon'

Published on Dec 12, 2012 6:04 AM
US internet security pioneer John McAfee, speaking live on the internet from the detention center of the immigration departament in Guatemala City on Dec 09, 2012. Guatemala refused Thursday to grant asylum to US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee and said he would be deported back to Belize to answer questions over his neighbor's murder. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee said on Tuesday he was "100 per cent certain" he would secure freedom from a Guatemalan detention centre within 24 hours.

The 67-year-old, who was arrested for making an illegal entry into the Central American country on Dec 5, told Sky News that he expects to be leaving for the United States "soon".

Mr McAfee's request last week for asylum was denied because he entered Guatemala illegally while fleeing Belizean police.

Authorities in Belize want to question him about the death of 52-year-old Florida expatriate Gregory Faull, who was found by his housekeeper with a 9-mm bullet in his head, lying in a pool of his own blood.

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