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PM Urges "Bonkers" McAfee To Turn Himself In
posted (November 14, 2012)
Tonight, William Mulligan, A British citizen who is John McAfee's personal security guard is on remand at the Hattieville Prison.

This morning, Mulligan was transported from San Pedro by water taxi and brought to Belize City where he was taken by police escort to the Queen Street station.

As we reported last night, the 29 year old Mulligan and his 22 year old wife Stefanie were charged for multiple counts of kept firearm and ammunition without a license - for which remand is automatic.

The firearms were found at McAfee's home on northern Ambergris Caye on Sunday at 4:00. One of the guns is a 12 gauge Remington pump action shot gun - which is sold in an edition identical to the one McAfee was posing off with earlier this month in a photo shoot for WIRED Magazine.

The other gun is a Baikal brand 12 gauge single action shot gun. The guns were loaded and police also found a belt containing twenty two 12 gauge cartridges.

According to our sources, both guns were licensed - but the license holders were not at the residence.

The San Pedro Sun reports that the license holders, Eddie Ancona and Alberto Chacon were both charged for one count each of lending a firearm without a written permission from the Commissioner of Police.

Investigators believe that they weren't lending at all - that they got the licenses on behalf of the McAfee Estate.

In one of the more colourful stories he's cooked up since being on the run, McAfee has said that when police were searching his home on Sunday - which is when they found the guns - he was buried in the sand breathing through a cardboard box.

McAfee remains at large tonight - and today Prime Minister Dean Barrow urged him to present himself for questioning in the murder of Gregory Faull:

Prime Minister Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize
"If it weren't so serious, it would be laughable. I have never met the man, don't know what he looks like. I don't want to be unkind, but it strikes me that he's extremely paranoid. In fact, I would go so far as to say bonkers. My understanding is that the police want to interview in connection with their investigations. It's not even as though the police have said that he is a suspect, and certainly, there is no question at this point of charges pending. Now, the proper thing for him to do, since - I don't care how rich he is; he is not above our laws - is to go and speak to the police. This nonsense about the police wanting to do him harm, obviously patently untrue, but even if it were so, the fact that this is smeared all across the international headlines would mean that the police would have to act extremely cautiously, in the full glare of the public spotlight. That is the best possible safeguard he can have that there will be no abuse in terms of the interview process that the police have a duty to conduct with him. Mr. McAfee - I hope - has proven by his utterances, and by his behavior that he is not anybody to be taken seriously, with respect certainly to the defamation campaign on which he is embarked against this country and its officials."

Jose Sanchez - Channel 5 News
"But the question regarding contributions, I forwarded the question to the Party Chairman, and it remains unanswered. Has the party approached him for contributions?"

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
"Absolutely not, I don't - as I'll tell you certainly that I have not known who Mr. McAfee is. I have heard his name, naturally. We all know his name, but I have never met the man. I have never spoken to the man. As far as I know, the Party Chairman has never met him, has never spoken to him. I know of no individual in the UDP who ever spoke to Mr. McAfee about contributions. This is another of his red herrings to try and construct this platform on the basis of which can engage in this defamation campaign, when he ought to man up, respect our laws, go in, and talk to the police."

McAfee remains adamant that he won't talk to the police. Though he claims to be at a location where the bed is infested with lice - he still, conveniently has access to a computer and internet. In an essay posted online today - he says - though innocent - he won't turn himself in. And that's because as he explains it, quote, "The list of people who have died while in the custody of Belizean police…would fill a phone book from an average American town."

Considering that the average town in the USA has more than 20 thousand residents - that's another of McAfee's tall tales - just like the time he said that at one point or another everyone in Belize has experienced starvation.

At any rate, the standoff persists - and while the story is becoming more and more about the manic, paranoid McAfee, it really is about Gregory Faull, the 52 year old American who was shot in the head inside his home on Northern Ambergris Caye between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

His family arrived in the country today to pick up his remains which were cremated. A forensic team from the United States also examined his body and processed the crime scene.

Of note is that there are at least 4 US and Mexican news crews in the country following the story - and it has made to various news programmes in the United States - where the story of McAfee the anti-virus pioneer has gone viral.

And do you think John McAfee is "bonkers"? - as he was described by the Prime Minister.

If you do or don't, you can participate in our online poll: Is John McAfee "bonkers"? And you can answer "Fully", "Partly" or "Not At All". The poll will be posted at 7newsbelize.com later tonight.

McAfee's Mental State Poll

Do you think John McAfee is "bonkers"? - as he was described by the Prime Minister.

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