‘Bonkers’ McAfee should talk to the police, says Belize’s prime minister

Belize’s prime minister has urged anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee to help the country’s police with a murder inquiry.

“I don’t want to be unkind, but he seems to be extremely paranoid — I would go so far as to say bonkers,” prime minister Dean Barrow said.

“He ought to man up and respect our laws and go in and talk to the police.”

Belizean police want to question McAfee, 67, about the murder of his neighbour and fellow US citizen, Gregory Viant Faull, 52.

Police have been unable to track down McAfee since finding Faull dead on Sunday in his house on Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast.

McAfee said he had gone into hiding because he believed Belizean authorities were trying to frame him for Faull’s murder.

“You can say I’m paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question. They’ve been trying to get me for months,” Wired magazine’s website quoted McAfee as saying. “I am not well liked by the prime minister.”

According to Wired, McAfee says he has been riding in boats, hunkering down on the floorboards of taxis, and sleeping in a bed that was infested with lice.

He has repeatedly told Wired he had nothing to do with Faull’s death and said he does not want to give himself up because he is afraid the authorities will torture or kill him.

But McAfee said they would track him down in the end. Wired said McAfee claimed to have dyed his hair, eyebrows, beard, and mustache jet black.

“I’ll probably look like a murderer, unfortunately,” it quoted him as saying.

Barrow called McAfee’s statements “nonsense”. He said he had “never met the man”.

There is already a case pending in Belize against McAfee for possession of illegal firearms, and police previously suspected him of running a lab to make the synthetic drug crystal meth.

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