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Cybersecurity software pioneer John McAfee found dead in jail cell - Sydney Morning Herald

By Monica Greig

Barcelona: Antivirus creator John McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona after the Spanish high court had authorised his extradition to the US, the Catalan justice department said.

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

Anti-virus software founder and libertarian tycoon John McAfee in 2012.

Anti-virus software founder and libertarian tycoon John McAfee in 2012.Credit:AP

Security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary near the northeastern 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 didn’t identify the US tycoon by name, but said he was a 75-year-old US citizen awaiting extradition to the country. A Catalan government source familiar with the event who was not authorised to be named in media reports confirmed to the AP that the dead man was McAfee.

Signs suggests it could be a death by suicide, the department said in a statement.

McAfee had been in jail in Spain since October 6 when he was accused of tax evasion and failure to disclose income charges at Barcelona airport. He had faced charges that he hid significant assets on his tax returns for a number of years, which included real estate and a yacht.

The businessman’s defence had argued that the extradition request was politically motivated and therefore wasn’t appropriate.

He disagreed with the current monetary system, which has made him “public enemy No. 1,” according to court documents released on Wednesday.

McAfee linked the charges filed by the US tax authority, the Internal Revenue Service, to his failed bid to run as a Libertarian Party candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, a second such attempt.

The Spanish prosecutor, Carlos Bautista, however, said McAfee was a tax dodger and dismissed the accusation of a political motivation, insisting the Libertarian Party rarely gains more than 1 per cent of votes in US elections.

The US calculated that McAfee owed more than $US4.2 million ($5.5 million) in taxes for the 2014 to 2018, the documents show.

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