The prime minister of Belize has described John McAfee (pictured), the technology millionaire who has gone into hiding after the murder of his neighbour, as "paranoid and bonkers".
Mr McAfee (67) has refused questioning after his neighbour was shot dead in his beachside villa on an island off the Belize coast at the weekend.
The businessman, who is constantly changing locations and telephones, has denied involvement in the killing. He claims the Belize police are corrupt and want to frame him, extort money, or kill him.
Dean Barrow, the prime minister, has now expressed doubts about Mr McAfee's mental state, saying: "I don't want to be unkind to the gentleman, but I believe he is extremely paranoid, even bonkers.
"His reaction to being a person of interest is, to put it very mildly, hugely exaggerated."
Police investigating the killing have charged Mr McAfee's bodyguard with possessing a firearm and ammunition without a licence.
McAfee, who created McAfee antivirus computer software, was once worth around $100m (€78m), but in 2009 he said his fortune had dwindled. (© Daily telegraph, London)