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John McAfee, embattled software developer, found dead in Spanish jail

John McAfee, embattled software developer, found dead in Spanish jail”

US technology entrepreneur John McAfee hanged himself in his prison cell on Wednesday after the Spanish high court authorized his extradition to the United States on tax evasion charges, his lawyer told Reuters.

McAfee was awaiting extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion after a Spanish court approved the move Wednesday. He was seventy five years old and was arrested at El Prat Airport in Barcelona October last year. Though the cause of death has not been officially confirmed, multiple reports have cited possible suicide. Any final extradition order would also need to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona's global airport.

His life took some freaky twists and turns when in 2012 McAfee was wanted for questioning over a murder case in Belize.

McAfee still had opportunities to appeal his conviction but could not stand more time in jail, the lawyer Javier Villalba said. Earlier this morning the National Court has given permission to finally extradite McAfee to US.

U.S. federal prosecutors charged the 75-year-old with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while doing consulting work, as well as income derived from speaking engagements and selling film rights to his life story.

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The Spanish prosecutor, Carlos Bautista, dismissed the claim of political motivations, insisting the Libertarian Party rarely gains more than 1 percent of votes in USA elections.

McAfee was wanted in the United States on tax-related criminal charges that could have carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

The last post from McAfee's Twitter account was a retweet of a Father's Day message from his wife Janice McAfee.

The U.S. embassy in Madrid didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Separately, he was also charged by the US SEC for fraudulently promoting initial coin offerings.



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