Authorities said that John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his prison cell near Barcelona on Wednesday. He was apparently killed by suicide. A few hours ago, a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States and faced dozens of sentences. Tax charges for years of imprisonment.
Weird cryptocurrency promoters and tax opponents were found in the Brians 2 prison in northeastern Spain, with a history of legal trouble spanning Tennessee, Central America, and the Caribbean. A statement from the Catalan regional government said that security personnel tried to resurrect him, but the prison medical team eventually confirmed his death.
“A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the cause of death,” it said, adding that “everything points to suicide death.”
The statement did not name McAfee, but stated that the deceased was a 75-year-old American citizen who was awaiting extradition to his country. A Catalan government official familiar with the case who was not authorized to be named in media reports confirmed to the Associated Press that it was McAfee.
The Spanish National Court ruled on Monday to support the extradition of 75-year-old McAfee. He argued at a hearing earlier this month that the charges against him by the Tennessee State prosecutor were politically motivated. If he returns to prison, he will be in prison. Spend the rest of my life in prison. United States.
The court’s decision was announced on Wednesday and is available for appeal. Any final extradition order also needs to be approved by the Spanish cabinet.
McAfee was arrested at Barcelona International Airport in October last year and has been in prison awaiting the results of the extradition process ever since. Arrested in Tennessee the same month, he evaded taxes after failing to report the income from promoting cryptocurrency while doing consulting work, giving a speech, and selling the copyright of his life story to make a documentary. Criminal charges are punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Nishay Sanan, a Chicago lawyer who defended him in these cases, said on the phone that McAfee “will be remembered as a soldier forever.”
“He tried to love this country, but the US government made it impossible for him to survive,” Sanan said. “They tried to erase him, but failed.”
The lawyer said that the Spanish authorities did not provide his legal team with the cause of death and he wanted to know if there were cameras in McAfee’s cell or prison.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis declined to comment.
According to Spanish court documents seen by the Associated Press, Tennessee prosecutors argued that in the five fiscal years from 2014 to 2018, McAfee owed $4,214,105 (approximately Rs. 310 million) in taxes to the U.S. government. Fines or interest on undeclared income. But in this week’s ruling, a national court judge agreed to extradite him to face charges between 2016 and 2018.
McAfee ran for president of the United States twice and participated in the 2016 Liberal Presidential Debate. He dabbled in yoga, ultralight aircraft and the production of herbal medicine.
In 2012, he was wanted in connection with the death of Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death on the island of Belize where these people lived in early November 2012.
McAfee told the Associated Press at the time that he was persecuted by the Belize government. Belize police denied this, saying they were only investigating criminal information that McAfee might have. The then Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed doubts about McAfee’s mental state. He said: “I don’t want to be unkind to this gentleman, but I believe he is very paranoid, even a lunatic.”
The Florida court ordered McAfee to pay $25 million (approximately Rs 1.9 billion) in negligent death claims to Faull’s estate in 2019.
In July of the same year, he was released in the Dominican Republic after he and five others were suspected of travelling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military equipment.
McAfee told Wired in 2012 that his father was drunk and “very unhappy” and shot himself when McAfee was 15 years old. “I wake up with him every day,” he told Wired.
He lived for a while in Lexington, Tennessee, a rural town about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Memphis, about 7,800 miles. In an interview with WBBJ-TV in 2015, McAfee said that he only feels comfortable when he is armed. The TV station reported that when he chose to be interviewed, he held a loaded gun in each hand.
McAfee told the radio: “Apart from being armed with a locked door in my bedroom, there is almost nothing that makes me feel safe and secure.”
In November last year, McAfee said in his last media interview with the British newspaper The Independent that his prison experience in Spain was a “fascinating adventure” and that he planned to never return to the United States.
“I am often amused, and sometimes moved,” he was quoted as saying. “Just graffiti can fill a thousand pages of thriller.”
He also told the Independent that the prisoners and guards recognized him, and some people asked him to sign.
McAfee said his main contact outside the prison is his wife Janice McAfee. The last post on his Twitter account was a repost of her Father’s Day message.
“The eight months that John spent in Spanish prison, whether mentally, physically, or financially, were particularly detrimental to his overall health, but he was not prevented from continuing to speak the truth to power,” it said. .
California chip maker Intel bought McAfee’s company for US$7.68 billion (approximately Rs 57,000 crore) in 2011, and at one time tried to dispute the brand by merging it into its larger cybersecurity division The founders are separated. But the rebranding was short-lived, and Intel split the cyber security division into a new company called McAfee in 2016.
McAfee spokesperson Jaime Le said in a statement: “Although John McAfee founded this company, he has not had any contact with our company in any capacity for more than 25 years. Having said that, we still have to do it for him. For the sake of family and close ones.”
A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Madrid said it was aware of reports of McAfee’s death but declined to comment for privacy reasons.