Spain court accepts extradition of McAfee antivirus maker to US – 06/23/2021

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MADRID, June 23 (EFE) – A Spanish court on Wednesday granted an extradition request to the United States of America’s John McAfee, the maker of the famous computer antivirus of the same name, for tax evasion, allegedly hiding high incomes between 2016 and 2018. accepted. .

In a proposal by the Spanish National Hearing, to which the Efe agency had access, McAfee’s extradition has been given the green light for incidents relating to the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, but not for incidents related to 2014 and 2015, because in Spain They will constitute administrative violation.

Contrary to the defense thesis, the court denied that there was evidence of a “prosecution motivated by political, ideological or similar reasons”, “other than McAfee’s oral allegations”, providing no “disclosure evidence” to that effect. Gone”.

McAfee, who weighs in on a second US extradition request, was arrested last October at Barcelona’s El Prat airport as he was preparing to fly to Istanbul, Turkey.

Since then, the US has remained in preventive detention, as the court also rejected his latest request for release, noting that “the flight risk remains clear” and the fact that the accused “shows no appreciable sign of root”. “Shows.

During the extradition hearing, the businessman, whose tax debt in the United States exceeds $4 million, claimed to have paid “millions of dollars in taxes” and said he was the victim of political persecution for reporting corruption to the US tax agency. was. America.

“There is no credible evidence that this can happen,” the Spanish National Hearing responded, adding that the extradition request “has a protection under the offense against the public purse – tax evasion –” and that it meets the requirements. accepted.

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The businessman also stated that he decided to go into politics and participated in the primaries of the Libertarian Party, “a radical political party and a very minority – according to their own statements – in which he was not even elected a candidate”, Spanish gave details of the court, which did not see a “clear link” between this fact and the extradition request.

In the end, the Spanish National Hearing says that the allegations about the health condition of 75-year-old McAfee “are not lacking” as the extradition merits and its requests to set aside the process to grant to the United Kingdom has been rejected. , where also nationality, the opportunity to request their delivery, which will be assessed “as and when the case may be”.

Sarah Gracie

About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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