Sydney: Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee has said that he wanted to return to the United States and ‘settle down to whatever normal life’ he can.
He said that he has filed legal motions with the Guatemalan government to avoid extradition to Belize, in hopes of being sent instead to the United States.
"What we are doing is filing a series of papers, a series of filings with the court to attempt to keep me here long enough for the world to see the injustice of sending me back to Belize," McAfee said during an online press conference from Guatemala, where he has been detained.
"I have never had a long term plan. I simply would like to live comfortably, day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years," he added.
According to the Herald Sun, he said that returning to the US was his only hope now.
"I'd be very happy to go to America - America is my home. It''s where I was raised, that''s exactly what I want," he said.
Earlier, McAfee’s attorney Telesforo Guerra said that he had filed papers seeking permission for his client to be allowed to remain in Guatemala on migrant status, the report said.
McAfee’s request for asylum was denied because he entered Guatemala illegally while fleeing Belizean police, he added.
Authorities in Belize want to question him about the death of 52-year-old Florida expatriate Gregory Faull, who was found by his housekeeper with a 9-mm bullet in his head, lying in a pool of his own blood.
McAfee, 67, insists he had nothing to do with the killing on the palm-fringed island of Ambergris Caye, where both men lived.
McAfee said he also fears that the authorities in Belize will mistreat him and steal his fortune, the report added.
First Published: Monday, December 10, 2012, 20:48