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McAfee says Belize demanded $2 million

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 01:23

Dec. 14 - U.S. software pioneer John McAfee poses for photos in Miami Beach while claiming the government in Belize tried to extort $2 million from him. Sarah Charlton reports.

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After deportation from Guatemala, John McAfee takes time out in Miami Beach. The anti-virus software pioneer is on the run from police in Belize who want to question him about a murder, although they say he is not a prime suspect. McAfee's former neighbour Gregory Faull was fatally shot in November. The tech guru denies any involvement and says he hardly even knew his neighbour. SOUNDBITE: JOHN MCAFEE SAYING (English): "I never had dinner with him. I've spoken fifty words to him. I don't drink. I don't do drugs. Everybody on the island drinks heavily. I don't associate with anybody except my own employees who are required not to drink and do drugs." McAfee claims he's being persecuted by Belize because he refused to pay a bribe. SOUNDBITE: JOHN MCAFEE SAYING (English): "They send forty two armed soldiers on to my property shot my dog, held me in a torture pose with my hands handcuffed behind me for fourteen hours. Try that, after six the pain becomes unbearable. [JOURNALIST ASKS WHY?] "Because I didn't give them money" [JOURNALIST ASKS HOW MUCH DID THEY WANT?] "Two million". McAfee has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the murder. But the victim's family say it's "a hollow gesture".

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McAfee says Belize demanded $2 million

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 01:23