The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

Software pioneer McAfee says framed for murder in Belize


BELIZE CITY (REUTERS) - Computer security industry pioneer John McAfee says he has gone into hiding in Belize because he believes authorities there are trying to frame him for the murder of a neighbour, a crime he says he did not commit, according to Wired magazine.

Belize police are searching for Mr McAfee as "a person of interest" in a murder investigation. "You can say I'm paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question. They've been trying to get me for months.

They want to silence me," Wired quoted Mr McAfee as saying on its website. "I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody's side." The magazine reported that McAfee, 67, contacted one of its reporters by telephone after his neighbour Gregory Faull, was found dead on Sunday in a pool of blood. The 52-year-old American was apparently shot in the head.

Police say Mr McAfee had a history of conflict with Mr Faull, whose post-mortem was expected to be conducted on Tuesday. Mr McAfee, who amassed a fortune by building the anti-virus company that bears his name, has homes and businesses in the Central American country where police say he has lived for at least two years.