The Straits Times
Published on Dec 13, 2012

Guatemala expels McAfee to the United States


GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) - US computer anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee escaped immediate deportation to Belize on Wednesday as Guatemala expelled the colourful American back to the United States instead.

Wearing a blue suit and white shirt, Mr McAfee, who is wanted in next-door Belize for questioning over his neighbour's murder, got out of a police vehicle and walked freely to the waiting area to catch a Miami-bound flight.

Mr McAfee and 20-year-old girlfriend Samantha Vanegas spent more than three weeks on the run in Belize after his neighbour's Nov 11 murder before crossing illegally into Guatemala, where he was arrested on Dec 5.

His high-profile lawyer, former Guatemalan attorney general Telesforo Guerra, successfully fought his deportation back to Belize after he failed to win political asylum in Guatemala.