Anti-virus pioneer John McAfee holes up in London just days after Caribbean authorities arrested him and wife for sailing into Dominican Republic with boat-load of firearms
- John McAfee was released from detention on Wednesday in Dominican Republic
- The millionaire, 73, shared photos from his four-day stay at the detention center
- He was suspected of traveling on a yacht with high-caliber weapons and ammo
- McAfee’s lawyer Candido Simon confirmed he has decided to come to London
Anti-virus pioneer John McAfee has come to London just days after Caribbean authorities arrested him and his wife for sailing into the Dominican Republic with a boat-load of firearms.
Authorities ‘asked him where he wanted to go, and he decided on London,’ said lawyer Candido Simon, who McAfee hired to represent him.
It comes just days after Mr McAfee was detained with five others after being suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear, officials said.
The 73-year-old, was released on Wednesday and left the Dominican Republic on Thursday with his wife. They then had a stop-over in Madrid, before landing in London.
The eccentric virus pioneer tweeted today, with his location saying he was in Camden Town saying: ‘Everyone asking …. how did I smuggle a smart phone into jail? No body orifices were needed. It was simple sleight of hand.
‘If my hands were bigger I could have smuggled a Bangkok prostitute in with me.’
John McAfee was detained with five others after being suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear in the Dominican Republic
John McAfee shared this photo of himself taken in a Dominican Republic detention center where he was detained for four days
The tweet is a reference to photos McAfee shared of himself lying shirtless in his cell when he was detained in the Dominican Republic, joking that they were from his jailhouse photoshoot.
He followed up the tweet with another claiming ‘the long arm of the U.S. is reaching for us here in London. Thank God it’s a weekend.’
While he was detained Mr McAfee snapped a number of images of him lounging topless on a bed frame without a mattress
He tweeted: ‘[Mrs McAfee] insisted I looked better in this jailhouse photo since I was smiling. Janice was incarcerated in the cellblock next door at the same time. She just forgot how to properly smuggle phones.’
The Caribbean island’s armed forces and public ministry said on Wednesday that McAfee was taken into custody along with his wife Elizabeth, US citizen Richard Alan Gibson, Robert Whitfield of Germany, Oral Thompson of The Bahamas and Vasner Louis of Haiti.
McAfee tweeted on Wednesday that he had been released by officials in the Dominican Republic
After Dominican authorities ensured the United States had no active legal cases or extradition requests for McAfee, they allowed him to choose where he would be sent, Simon said.
McAfee, was born in 1945 at a U.S. military base on British territory, has both nationalities and on Friday asked his Twitter followers whether he should campaign to be British prime minister.
McAfee, is also seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for U.S. president in 2020, recently told Reuters in an interview he could help Cuba defeat the U.S. trade embargo by launching a cryptocurrency.
The Dominican Republic’s Public Ministry said it had seized the weaponry onboard McAfee’s yacht when it docked on the country’s northern coast and McAfee, his wife Janice, and four associates were detained..
The customs authority said it found pistols, a shotgun and bars of suspected silver on the yacht, the Great Mystery.
Authorities said on Thursday the couple had been in custody in the Dominican Republic for four days. His campaign manager said on Wednesday McAfee would leave his yacht behind him for now.