John McAfee found dead in prison after Spanish court approves extradition
By Kalu Nwokoro Idika
Antivirus creator John McAfee, 75, was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona after the Spanish high court had authorised his extradition to the U.S., the Catalan justice department said, confirming an earlier report from El Mundo newspaper.
Everything points it could be a death by suicide, the department said in a statement.
The high court had agreed to extradite him back to the U.S. where he faces tax evasion charges.
US federal prosecutors in Tennessee charged McAfee with evading taxes and willfully failing to file tax returns to disclose income made from promoting cryptocurrencies, speaking engagements and selling the documentary rights to his life story.
During a court hearing in Madrid last week, the tech mogul argued that the tax fraud charges filed against him were linked to his failed US presidential run in 2020 as a Libertarian Party candidate, his second failed run at the White House.
“In late 2018, I announced I would run again and I also announced I would target the IRS [US Internal Revenue Service] and its corruption and two months later the IRS filed charged against me,” he told Spain’s High Court during the first hearing of his extradition trial.
“I believe the charges are politically motivated.”
McAfee had been incarcerated for almost nine months and could have appealed the Spanish court’s extradition ruling.
His lawyer told Reuters the software entrepreneur could not stand more time in jail