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John McAfee: 'I am absolutely innocent'

Software company founder John McAfee said he is "absolutely innocent" as he surfaced in Guatemala on Tuesday after going on the run from police in Belize investigating the murder of an American expat.

McAfee is wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of his neighbour Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death in early November.

He told the Associated Press:

I need a safe place where I can actually speak out. Now that I'm here I can speak freely. I can speak openly.

Belize does not have a good track record of providing safety when they ask to question you.

I felt much more secure crossing the border into a country that had laws that were backed by the justice system.

Fugitive software millionaire John McAfee appears in Guatemala

Millionaire software company founder John McAfee who is wanted for questioning by police in Belize who are trying to solve the murder of his neighbour, has crossed into Guatemala.

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.

US anti-virus software founder, John McAfee addresses a news conference
John McAfee appears in public for the first time in weeks at a news conference in Guatemala. Credit: Reuters

He has protested his innocence and has said he plans to ask for asylum, as he fears prosecution in Belize.

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Foreign Office 'saddened' by deaths in Guatemala quake

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said his "thoughts at this time are with friends and families of those affected" by an earthquake in Guatemala. The Foreign Office tweeted:

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FCO Minister Hugo Swire said he is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life as a result of earthquake in Guatemala http://t.co/r5HQEJwL

Tsunami generated by Guatamala earthquake

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in the US has issued this warning following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Guatamala:

Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated.

It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter.

No tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas in the Pacific although some other areas may experience small non-destructive sea level changes lasting up to several hours.

– Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
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