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John McAfee discovered useless in jail after Spanish extradition ruling

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John McAfee, the cyber safety and software program entrepreneur, was discovered useless in a Spanish jail cell on Wednesday, the identical day the nation’s excessive court docket dominated he needs to be extradited to the US on costs of evading hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in taxes. 

A Catalan justice official stated McAfee’s physique had been discovered within the Brians jail, south of Barcelona. The Catalan justice division added in an announcement that his loss of life seemed to be suicide and that jail companies tried and didn’t revive him after he had been present in his cell.

Earlier within the day, Spain’s nationwide court docket dominated that McAfee needs to be extradited to the US for “tax crimes regarding the years 2016, 2017 and 2018”.

McAfee had been taken into custody in Spain in October and was held underneath preventive detention. In November the US embassy delivered a proper request for his extradition. The US authorities alleged that McAfee had earned greater than €10m between 2014 and 2018 however had paid no tax, and used frontmen to cover his wealth and earnings.

In keeping with the US justice division, McAfee, who based the antivirus software program firm that bears his title, hid hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of earnings from US tax authorities — together with from selling cryptocurrencies and promoting the rights to his life story.

In rambling testimony final week during which he mentioned at size his political ambitions, McAfee, who has beforehand sought the Libertarian occasion nomination for the US presidency, informed the Spanish court docket he had paid hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in tax and that his corporations had paid billions. He claimed that the US tax authorities have been corrupt.

He added that for somebody of his age — almost 76 — he will surely move the remainder of his life in jail if he have been extradited to the US, and requested the court docket to “contemplate these questions”. However the prosecutor within the case accused him of exaggerating his political exercise, describing him as an alternative as a “tax insurgent, a millionaire who doesn’t wish to pay taxes — which is a criminal offense in each nation, together with the US”.

The court docket additionally dismissed McAfee’s well being considerations as unsubstantiated, saying he was “not going through a perpetual sentence that might deprive him of liberty for all times” if convicted.

McAfee was a extremely profitable software program innovator a decade in the past, and sold his cyber safety McAfee group to Intel for $7.6bn. He went on the run after the 2012 homicide of his neighbour in Belize. Though he was named as an individual of curiosity within the investigation, he was by no means charged in reference to the Belize case.

In 2019, McAfee stated he had fled the US on his yacht as a result of he was going through legal tax costs.