Following reports that the anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee, wanted by the police in Belize for questioning in a case of murder, has been captured after weeks on the run, the Daily Mail is reporting that the police say he is still on the run.
Reports that he had been arrested were carried in the media after McAfee appeared on a CNN interview, Friday.
About ten hours after the interview, a post to his blog, whoismcafee, said:
“We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico.”
According to the Daily Mail, in spite of the interpretation of the post suggesting he was in police custody, Belize national police said they are still on a manhunt for McAfee.
The Belize Police spokesman Raphael Martinez, told the Daily Mail, "That is not true. He is not in police custody."
The Daily Mail also reports that a source at the US embassy in Belize told reporters that friends of McAfee have denied reports that he was captured at the border.
According to Digital Journal, McAfee has been on the run from local police since November 11, after Faul, 52, a contractor from Florida, was found dead with a gunshot would to the head.
The incident occurred after four of McAfee's dogs were found dead with poison, leading to suggestions that Faull's death was the fallout of an ongoing feud between the two men. Police in Belize declared McAfee a "person of interest" in the death of Faull. Digital Journal reported that while on the run, he has been in contact with the American media. He also started a blog, whoismcafee.com, in which he has been documenting his life on the run.
He said in the interview with CNN that his life was in danger and that he was tired of running from the police. CNN reports he said during the interview: "It hasn't been a lot of fun. I miss my prior life. Much of it has been deprivation. No baths, poor food."
Digital Journal reports McAfee had said he would not turn himself in to the authorities because he fears he could be killed while in police custody. He has explained to the media that he is refusing to turn himself in to Belize's Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) because he fears he could be killed before a proper trial. GSU, an arm of the Belizean police, has been accused of abuses in the past.
Digital Journal reports McAfee claims he has had previous run-ins with the authorities. According to McAfee, his run-ins with the Belizean authorities began on April 30, when police raided his home on suspicion that he owned an "illegal meth lab." On an another occasion, he was investigated for running an antibiotics laboratory without a license.
He claimed in the CNN interview that he is being harassed because he does not donate to any political party.
He dropped the f-bomb in the interview:
"I do not donate to any political party. When I was asked to donate, I said, 'Get the f*** off my property.'"
McAfee said that he donated millions to the local economy, but bypassed the Belizean government. He said:
"I don’t do it by giving to the government and letting them dole it out because if I give $5 million to the government, $10,000 goes to the people and $4 million plus change goes into the pockets of the politicians. I give directly to the people. And I have been doing this all along."
McAfee insisted in the interview: "I will certainly not turn myself in, and I will certainly not quit fighting. I will not stop my blog."
He said he would either be arrested or get away. He clarified his meaning: "Get away doesn't mean leave the country. It means they will, No.1, find the murderer of Mr. Faull and, No.2, the people of this country - who are by and large terrified to speak out - start speaking out."
However, CNN reports that the police in Belize have said they do not consider McAfee a suspect in the killing, but only want him for questioning. According to the Belize National Security Ministry spokesman Raphael Martinez, Belize police have not charged McAfee with murder.
Digital Journal reports Belize's prime minister Dean Barrow, called McAfee "paranoid" and "bonkers."
CNN reports he agreed to an interview only after a lengthy correspondence involving middle men and telephone calls using several numbers, and finally a secret password exchange for the interview:
"Sorry I'm late."
Response: "That's OK, we are waiting for our co-worker."