National News

Antivirus software creator John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

todayJune 23, 2021 1

Background
share close

Antivirus software creator John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

He was found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona

Hours earlier, a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favour of his extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges.

Security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary near the north-eastern Spanish city tried to revive McAfee, who was 75, but the jail’s medical team finally certified his death, a statement from the regional Catalan government said.

The statement did not identify the US tycoon by name, but said he was a 75-year-old US citizen awaiting extradition to the country.

Spain’s National Court on Monday ruled in favour of extraditing McAfee, who had argued in a hearing earlier this month that the charges against him were politically motivated and that he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he was returned to the US.

The court’s ruling was made public on Wednesday and could have been appealed against. Any final extradition order would have also needed to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.

Tennessee prosecutors charged McAfee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work, as well as income from speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.

The criminal charges carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona’s international airport. A judge ordered at that time that McAfee should be held in jail while awaiting the outcome of a hearing on extradition.

Published: by Radio NewsHub

Written by: ES1

Rate it

Previous post

Local News

Emergency Services Called into Action in East Suffolk

Last weekend, Lowestoft’s Lifeboat was called into action, when the crew had to assist a sailor who was in difficulty in a small yacht. The incident happened close to the pier heads at Lowestoft, shortly after midday on Saturday 19th June. It was decided by the lifeboat crew that  a tow was necessary and the safest way to help the sailor - and the yacht was brought into the harbour […]

todayJune 23, 2021 5


Similar posts

Post comments (0)

Leave a reply

0%