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Fugitive tycoon McAfee claims his life is at risk

Nick Allen and James Orr in Washington

Published 17/11/2012 | 05:00

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A MILLIONAIRE technology businessman who has gone into hiding in Belize after the murder of his neighbour has promised never to hand himself in.

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John McAfee, the British-born American who created McAfee antivirus software, said he believed he would face "summary execution" if he gave himself up to authorities.

The 67-year-old fugitive has been on the run since the weekend and denies having anything to do with the killing.

In an extraordinary telephone interview, Mr McAfee at times appeared paranoid as he claimed that government forces could "make up some excuse for removing me".

He said he did not recognise the description of him as "bonkers" by Dean Barrow, the Belize prime minister.

"I would describe myself as quite sane and lucid, which is why I'm still alive," he said.

Belize police want to question Mr McAfee over the murder of Gregory Faull (52), who was shot dead last Saturday in Ambergris Caye, an island off Belize, where both men lived.

Mr McAfee said he was in hiding with a woman. "They (the authorities) can trace calls and triangulate. I cannot talk on this phone for long.

"My plan is a day-to-day plan, simply to avoid detection."

He added that he had taken steps to change his appearance. Asked if he might turn himself in, he said: "No." Asked what he thought would happen if he did, he added: "I think I will be summarily executed. The constitution has been ridden away with. They can make up some excuse for removing me."

Mr McAfee said he last saw Mr Faull a few weeks ago. Mr Faull is known to have made a complaint about Mr McAfee's dogs and four of them were found poisoned the Friday before Mr Faull was found dead. Mr McAfee blamed the Belize authorities for the death of the animals, not Mr Faull. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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