Lawyer says McAfee’s death surprised family of American tycoon John McAfee Catalonia British Madrid Spanish
Spanish authorities say a judge ordered an autopsy of the remains of John McAfee, a gun-loving antivirus pioneer, cryptocurrency promoter and occasional politician, who died in a cell pending his extradition to the United States for allegedly evading millions of unpaid taxes.
A spokeswoman for the court for the Catalonia region said on Thursday that a forensic team should perform toxicology tests on McAfee’s body to determine the cause of death and the results could take “days or weeks “.
Authorities said everything at the scene indicated the 75-year-old mogul had committed suicide.
The forensic investigation is being conducted by a court in Martorell, a town northwest of Barcelona with jurisdiction over the prison where McAfee died. The spokesperson was not allowed to be identified by name in media reports.
McAfee’s Spanish attorney, Javier Villalba, said the contractor’s death surprised his wife and other relatives, adding he would seek to get “to the bottom” of his client’s death.
“It was like pouring cold water on the family and their defense team,” Villalba told The Associated Press Thursday. “Nobody expected it, he hadn’t said goodbye.”
Although Villalba said he had no evidence of a criminal act, he blamed the death on “the cruelty of the system” for keeping a 75-year-old man behind bars for economic and unrelated crimes. blood after the judges refused to release him on bail.
“We had succeeded in overturning seven of the 10 charges he was charged with and even so, he was still that dangerous person who could flee Spain if he was released?” Said the lawyer. “He was a world eminence, where could he hide?”
Spain’s National Court ruled on Monday that McAfee should be extradited to the United States to face evasion charges of more than $ 4 million in fiscal years 2016 to 2018. The judge dropped seven of the 10 counts of indictment of the original indictment.
Villalba said McAfee learned of the decision shortly after Monday and his death on Wednesday did not come in the heat of the moment. He also said the legal team had prepared an appeal with him to avoid being extradited.
A prison source told AP that McAfee shared a cell in Brians 2 prison where he had been remanded in custody since his arrest in October last year on a US warrant, but at the time of his death, he was alone.
Tennessee prosecutors accused McAfee of failing to report income from promoting cryptocurrency while he was doing consultancy work, income generated at conferences and selling the rights to his story for a documentary. Criminal charges carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
The British-born entrepreneur led an eccentric life after selling his stake in the anti-virus software company that bears his name in the early 1990s. He has twice run far-flung races for the US presidency.
McAfee has often professed his love for drugs and guns in public remarks. And some of his actions have landed him in legal trouble beyond Tennessee, from Central America to the Caribbean. In 2012, he was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor in Belize, but was never charged with a felony.