Madrid: John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus software program, has been discovered lifeless in his cell in a jail close to Barcelona, a authorities official has mentioned.
Hours earlier, a Spanish court docket issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the 75-year-old tycoon’s extradition to the USA to face tax-related legal fees.
Safety personnel on the Brians 2 penitentiary close to the northeastern Spanish metropolis tried to revive him, however the jail’s medical crew lastly licensed his demise, an announcement from the regional Catalan authorities mentioned.
The assertion did not establish McAfee by identify, however mentioned he was a 75-year-old U.S. Citizen awaiting extradition to his nation. A Catalan authorities supply aware of the occasion who was not authorised to be named in media studies confirmed to the AP on Wednesday that the lifeless man was McAfee.
Spain’s Nationwide Courtroom on Monday dominated in favour of extraditing McAfee, who had argued in a listening to earlier this month that the costs in opposition to him had been politically motivated and that he would spend the remainder of his life in jail if he was returned to the U.S.
The court docket’s ruling was made public on Wednesday and could possibly be appealed. Any last extradition order would additionally have to get approval from the Spanish Cupboard.
Tennessee prosecutors charged McAfee with evading taxes after failing to report revenue produced from selling cryptocurrencies whereas he did consultancy work, in addition to revenue from talking engagements and promoting the rights to his life story for a documentary. The legal fees carry a jail sentence of as much as 30 years.
The entrepreneur was arrested final October at Barcelona’s worldwide airport. A choose ordered at the moment that McAfee must be held in jail whereas awaiting the end result of a listening to on extradition.