The software developer suspected of murder by Belizean police told Wired Magazine he has gone into hiding for fear of his own life, and suggested that the man he is thought to have killed was actually the victim of an attack planned for him.
"Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country," said John McAfee, the American inventor of an anti-virus program bearing his name. "You can say I'm paranoid about it but they will kill me, there is no question. They've been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me. I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody's side."
Authorities said they consider McAfee "a prime suspect" in the shooting death of another American expatriate living in Belize, Gregory Faull.
Faull was found dead over the weekend; the two men were reportedly at odds, with Faull filing a complaint earlier this year saying McAfee's six dogs were too loud. McAfee said the dogs were poisoned Friday, shortly before Faull was killed.
Speaking from an undisclosed location, McAfee denied knowing anything about the shooting, and said he thought Faull's killers were coming after him.
"They mistook him for me," McAfee said. "They got the wrong house. He's dead. They killed him. It spooked me out."
McAfee also reiterated his complaint against the Belizean government regarding an April raid on his home looking for allegedly illegal drugs and weaponry. McAfee was arrested, then released, but maintained authorities were targeting him.
The head of the country's Gang Suppression Unit, Marco Vidal, rejected McAfee's accusations.
"Absolutely no truth," Vidal said. "This guy amazes me every day. We don’t have anything personal against Mr. McAfee. There is no need for us to poison dogs."