“Everything indicates that it could be a death by suicide,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.
- technology The National Court orders John McAfee, the creator of the antivirus, to be extradited to the United States
The Department of Justice of the Generalitat has confirmed that the American magnate John McAfee, creator of the famous eponymous antivirus, has been found dead in cell that he occupied in module 1 of the Brians 2 Penitentiary Center (Sant Esteve Sesrovires). He was seventy-five years old. This morning the National Court had finally given the go-ahead to extradite McAfee in the United States.
Justice reported that the surveillance professionals and the prison medical services have intervened immediately to practice resuscitation maneuvers, but finally the doctors have certified the death. “The judicial procession has traveled to the prison and is investigating the causes of death. Everything indicates that it could be a death by suicide,” they said in a statement.
McAfee was arrested in October at El Prat airport, in Barcelona, when he was about to catch a flight to Istanbul and since then he has been in preventive prison, after the court also rejected his last request for freedom, considering that the “risk of flight remains evident” and that it does not have “any appreciable sign of rootedness”.
The National Court had agreed to the extradition of John McAfee, creator of the famous computer antivirus of the same name, to the United States for alleged tax evasion by hiding allegedly high income between 2016 and 2018.
In an order that can be appealed, the Second Criminal Section gives the green light to surrender for the events relating to the 2016, 2017 and 2018 financial years, for which the Prosecutor was favorable.
But not so with respect to those corresponding to 2014 and 2015, for which the US Justice also claimed, since in Spain they will be constitutive in any case of administrative infraction.
Contrary to the defense thesis, the court rules out that there are indications of “persecution motivated by political, ideological or similar reasons” since, “beyond the verbal allegations” of McAfee, no “any revealing hint” that he might be subjected to it.
“The social, economic or any other area relevance, which the defense alleges has the appellant, does not grant him any immunity, being subject to the laws in the same way as any ‘non-relevant’ citizen “, seala la Sala.
millions of dollars in taxes
During the extradition hearing, the businessman, whose tax debt in the United States amounts to more than four million dollars, claimed to have paid “millions of dollars in taxes” and said he was the victim of political persecution for having denounced corruption in the tax agency.
“There is no supporting evidence that such a thing could be happening”, The Hearing responds, adding that the claim “has protection in a crime against the public treasury – tax evasion -” and that the requirements to agree on it are present.
John McAfee was one of the first programmers to design an antivirus and developing a computer virus scanner while working for the aerospace company Lockheed. In 1989 he founded the antivirus company McAfee Associates, which for a few years was called Network Associates and which eventually became the McAfee company we know. In 2010, he launched a new project focused on biosecurity at the head of the QuorumEx company, based in Belize.
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