UPDATE 1-On the run, software guru McAfee says left Belize, won't surrender

Simon Gardner
Reuters Middle East

* Fears he will be killed if he surrenders

* McAfee has been living underground for 3 weeks

* Police want to quiz him over neighbor's murder

MEXICO CITY, Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. anti-virus software guru

John McAfee said on Monday he has left the Caribbean country of

Belize where police want to question him in connection with a

neighbor's murder, and will not turn himself in.

"I am not in Belize. That is all I will say," McAfee told

Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location. "Every

bordering country around Belize, for political, financial, legal

reasons, is pretty much like Belize and our plan is ... to

arrive in a safe country."

McAfee has been in hiding for three weeks since police in

Belize said they wanted to question him as "a person of

interest" about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull,

with whom McAfee had quarreled.

McAfee says he believes authorities in Belize would kill him

if he turned himself in for questioning. Belize's prime minister

has denied the claim and called the 67-year-old paranoid and


"They have killed many people who've turned themselves in.

The last one was a gentleman ... who turned himself in. They

just wanted him for questioning. They handcuffed his hands

behind his back and shot him 14 times," McAfee said.

"They did say he tried to grab a gun and escape, he was

surrounded by a dozen GSU (Gang Suppression Unit) people. I

don't imagine he'd have had much chance, and he was a smart man,

so I do not intend to turn myself in," he said.

Residents of the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye where

McAfee lives and others who know him describe as an eccentric,

impulsive man who quit a career as a successful entrepreneur in

the United States for a life of semi-seclusion in the former

pirate haven of Belize.

McAfee has been posting updates from hiding on his blog

www.whoismcafee.com, saying he is accompanied by two journalists

from Vice magazine and a woman called Sam.

McAfee said on his blog he had sent a body double to the

Belize-Mexico border to act as a smokescreen and help him elude


"My double, carrying a North Korean passport under my name,

was in fact detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior,"

McAfee wrote on the blog.

"But due to indifference on the part of authorities (he) was

evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended

purpose in our exit plan. He is now safely out of Mexico."

Police in Belize say McAfee is still at large and are

looking for him. "We still believe that he is here, somewhere in

the country," said police spokesman Raphael Martinez.

McAfee, who started McAfee Associates in 1989, has been

living in the tiny Central American nation for about 4 years.

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