The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow has publicly urged anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in the murder of a neighbor, to turn himself in to the police.
Mr. McAfee, 67, told CNBC television Tuesday that he was moving every four hours to avoid police who want to question him about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, a Florida native who was found dead at his home on Sunday morning in a pool of blood.
In an interview broadcasted on national radio and television, Prime Minister Barrow said that "Mr. McAfee is a person of interest".
"His reaction to being a person of interest is, to put it very mildly, hugely exaggerated. He is now, I think, visiting all sorts of calumnies on our country and on our security forces and his behavior is to be deprecated".
John McAfee, eponymous founder of the anti-virus company, told various American media houses that he was on the run out of concern for his safety. He said he has been accused of something he didn’t do. He also told CNBC cable television in the US that he was worried that Belize police wanted to extort money from him.
Barrow said McAfee's fears were unfounded and has urged him to “come forward man”.
"It is now hugely public and you surely do not expect anyone to believe that the police want to kill you, so that if you come in for questioning you are going to be murdered”.
“That is utter and complete nonsense. The spotlight is very much on this issue. Come in and have the police do their job and if it is that you are truly innocent, you are free to go”.
A police report on Monday, November 12th, said that Faull, 52, was shot in the back of the head, and that there were no signs of a break-in, but a laptop and cell phone were missing.
McAfee sold his anti-virus software company in the early 1990’s and has been living in Belize for the past four years.
On Sunday evening Police raided McAfee's mansion on Ambergris Caye, an island off the northeastern coast of Belize.
Earlier in the year, McAfee's had a run-in with Belize police when his mansion was raided while looking for weapons and drugs, and he was detained for several hours, but was never charged. The eccentric software millionaire later claimed he was arrested because he refused to make a donation to a politician's campaign in northern Belize.