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John McAfee arrested in Guatemala

06 Dec 2012
John McAfee

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee has reportedly been arrested by officials in Guatemala over alleged customs violations.

Reuters cited Guatemala interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla in reporting that officials had arrested the McAfee founder on charges of illegally entering the country.

McAfee, who has long since cut ties with the antivirus firm which bears his name, had fled to Guatemala in order to evade authorities in Belize. His presence in the country had been well known and he had been giving interviews to the press in recent days.

The arrest is the latest turn in what has become an increasingly bizarre case involving McAfee and authorities in South America.

McAfee is currently fleeing police in Belize, who have named him as a person of interest in an investigation over the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull. While there has not been a warrant issued for McAfee's arrest and no charges have been filed, McAfee has said that he fears he will be killed by police if he turns himself in.

McAfee claims to have gathered evidence of extensive corruption and misconduct by government officials in Belize. He claims that he has been harassed by officials as a result of his investigations.

Earlier this year, McAfee's home was raided by officials as part of a weapons and drugs investigation, though no charges were filed against McAfee. While McAfee has maintained that he is doing research into medical uses for local plants, reports have tied him to drug gangs in the area and speculated that McAfee was using "bath salt" drugs.

McAfee has denied those claims as well, saying that posts he made to a drug-related web forum were part of a "prank."

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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