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  • 10 December 2012, 13:55

John McAfee Asks For 'Normal Life' In US

John McAfee has said he wants to return to the US and live a "normal life" during an internet broadcast from Guatemala, where he is fighting deportation to Belize.

The 67-year-old anti-virus software guru, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the death of his neighbour, had been in hiding for three weeks before crossing into Guatemala, where he was arrested.

Speaking from a detention centre, he said: "I cannot ever return to Belize ... there is no hope for my life if I am ever returned to Belize."

"If I am returned bad things will clearly happen to me," he added.

During answers to what he claimed were journalists' questions supplied via email, he said: "I simply would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years."

British-born McAfee said that returning to the US "is my only hope now". But he later added: "I would be happy to go to England, I have dual citizenship."

McAfee also said he had fainted and hit his head last week after not eating, and smoking "almost non-stop".

The former technology tycoon was rushed to a hospital for what his lawyer said were two mild heart attacks just hours after his arrest at a hotel in Guatemala City last week.

Police in Belize want to question McAfee about the fatal shooting of neighbour Gregory Faull, a fellow American who lived near his island home.

The pair are understood to have had several arguments over the behaviour of McAfee's dogs. McAfee acknowledges his pets were unruly, but denies killing Mr Faull.

He had been in hiding for three weeks before crossing into Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend to evade authorities.

He was arrested on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and authorities said they would seek to deport him to Belize.

After Guatemala rejected a request for asylum, his lawyers filed several legal appeals in an effort to block his deportation.

It could take months to resolve the matter.

Fredy Viana, a spokesman for Guatemala's immigration department, said that before the agency looks into the request to allow McAfee to stay, a judge must first deal with the appeal asking that authorities make sure McAfee's physical integrity is protected.

"We won't look into (allowing him to stay) until the other appeal is resolved," Mr Viana said. "The law gives me 30 days to resolve the issue."

McAfee sold his stake in the anti-virus software company that is named after him and moved to Belize about three years ago.

He told The New York Times in 2009 he had lost all but $4m (2.5m) of his $100m (62.4m) fortune in the US financial crisis.

However, a story on the Gizmodo website quoted him as describing that claim as "not very accurate at all".

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