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McAfee: I'll Answer Questions in 'Neutral Country'

Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 10:41 AM ET
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Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee insists he "had nothing to do" with the killing of his neighbor in Belize, telling CNBC on Friday he would answer questions about the slaying in a neutral country.

"I'm certainly not going to turn myself in to the authorities [there], who've been trying to lay hands on me," he said on "Squawk Box."

McAfee is now in Miami after being deported on Wednesday from Guatemala, where he sneaked in illegally from Belize.

McAfee, 67, has been on the run for a month from Belizean authorities, who term him a "person of interest" in the Nov. 11 death of his neighbor. McAfee said there's no truth to speculation of bad blood with the neighbor.

"I had nothing to do with the murder of Gregory Faull," McAfee said. "I spoke 50 words to that man. … I did not have a history with him."

"He complained about my dogs. But every neighbor complained about my dogs. I complained about my dogs. They kept me awake, too. I was trying to fix the problem."

John McAfee: 'I Will Not Be Charged With This'
"I had nothing to do with the murder of Gregory Faull," said John McAfee, McAfee founder, talking with CNBC's Robert Frank about why he went on the run when police in Belize wanted to question him in connection with the murder of a neighbor.

No charges have been filed against McAfee. "I will not be charged with this," he said.

Belize does have extradition with the U.S., but only for suspected criminals. Should he be charged, he said, he'd face and fight them.

As founder of the McAfee anti-virus software company, he was worth over $100 million at one point. When he moved to Belize in 2009, he told The New York Times he had only $4 million left after the financial crisis.

Addressing speculation that he's now worth $20 million, McAfee told CNBC he doesn't know exactly how much money he has, but it's "less than $5 million." He said he fears that the government of Belize is going to seize his assets.

By CNBC's Matthew J. Belvedere; Follow him on Twitter @Matt_SquawkCNBC

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