Software millionaire John McAfee wanted by Belize police for murder questioning

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Technology millionaire John McAfee. Photo: Reuters

Technology millionaire John McAfee is wanted for questioning by police in Belize who are trying to solve the murder of his neighbour.

McAfee, 67, who made his fortune by building an anti-virus company that bears his name, has been called "a person of interest" in the investigation.

The computer security pioneer said he had gone into hiding in the country because he believes authorities are trying to frame him for the murder of neighbour Gregory Faull, according to Wired magazine.

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Gregory Faull was shot in his home on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

The magazine quoted McAfee as saying:

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.

I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody's side.

– John McAfee

Wired claim that the millionaire contacted them after Faull was found dead in his home on Sunday. The 52-year-old was apparently shot in his home on the island of Ambergris Caye.

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Gregory Faull's home on the island of Ambergris Caye. Credit: Reuters

Police claim McAfee had a history of conflict with his neighbour whose post-mortem was expected to be conducted on Tuesday.

Belize police spokesman Raphael Martinez said:

It would be quite nice for him to come in and answer some of the questions that could lead to the closure of this case.

He is not wanted for murder, but he is wanted for questioning as a person of interest.

– Raphael Martinez, Belize police spokesman

McAfee claims in the interview that he buried himself in sand and covered his head with a cardboard box when police arrived at his home to question him.

He said he spent 18 hours hiding in his property before finally leaving.

The British-born American claimed in the interview that Faull's murderer "got the wrong house".

I heard he had been shot. I thought maybe they were coming for me.

They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house, he’s dead. They killed him. It spooked me out.

– John McAfee

McAfee's premises were raided earlier this year after he was accused of holding firearms - though most were found to be licensed. The final outcome of the case is pending.

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John McAfee's premises were raided earlier this year. Credit: Reuters

He was also suspected of running a lab to make the drug crystal meth.

He was suspected (of making crystal meth) but he was not convicted nor was he charged. He was only suspected.

– Raphael Martinez, Belize police spokesman

The Belize police department has asked neighbouring Mexico and Guatemala to detain McAfee if he leaves the country overland.