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A year after his death, McAfee’s corpse is still in Spanish morgue

The body of software entrepreneur John McAfee remained at a morgue in Spain Thursday a year after his death as a legal case filed by his family, who do not believe he committed suicide, is yet to be resolved.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 26, 2019 US millionaire John McAfee gestures during an interview with AFP on his yacht anchored at the Marina Hemingway in Havana. - A year after his death in prison, the body of John McAfee, creator of the famous eponymous antivirus software, is still in a morgue in Barcelona, his family having filed an appeal to find out if he really committed suicide, the regional authority in charge of Justice confirmed to AFP on June 23, 2022. (Photo by Adalberto ROQUE / AFP)

The 75-year-old founder of the anti-virus McAfee software was found dead in his cell at a prison near Barcelona on June 23, 2021 a few hours after a Spanish court authorised his extradition to the United States on tax evasion charges.

An autopsy determined he had died by suicide. But his widow Janice swiftly demanded further checks, arguing that McAfee was not suicidal and that the autopsy was “incomplete”, her lawyer Javier Villalba said.

A local court denied the request but his family appealed that decision and a judge ruled McAfee’s remains could not be handed to his family until the appeal is settled, he added.

McAfee’s corpse remains at the Barcelona morgue where the autopsy was carried out, said a spokesperson for the regional Catalan government’s justice department.

“One year ago today John McAfee was stolen from us. A champion of freedom & privacy, the world is a much darker place without him,” Janice McAfee tweeted along with the hashtag #JohnMcAfeeDidNotKillHimself.

According to an indictment filed in a US court, McAfee was alleged to have deliberately failed to file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, despite earning millions from consulting work, cryptocurrencies and selling the rights to his life story.

If convicted, he could have faced up to 30 years in prison.

McAfee in 1987 founded the computer security software company and ran it for seven years before resigning.

His life after that became a headline-grabbing mix of controversies involving drugs, weapons and even murder.

McAfee moved to Belize in Central America and made headlines when his next-door neighbour was mysteriously murdered in 2012. The crime was never solved.

McAfee claimed he was nowhere near the victim at the time, but local police wanted to interview him as a person of interest in the case.

After the police found him living with a 17-year-old girl and discovered a large arsenal of weapons in his home, McAfee fled Belize.

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Spain’s capital ramps up security to host Nato summit

Madrid was turned into a high-security zone on Tuesday, with thousands of police guarding venues where over 40 world leaders will gather for a Nato summit focused on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Spain's capital ramps up security to host Nato summit

Dubbed “Eirene”, after the ancient Greek Goddess of peace, the operation involves the biggest deployment of security forces in “Spain’s recent history”, according to the government.

A total of 10,000 agents backed by sniffer dogs and helicopters have been deployed to provide security for the 5,000 delegates attending the three-day summit, which gets underway on Tuesday evening.

Spanish Defence Minister Margarita Robles said fighter jets and anti-aircraft artillery devices had also been placed on high alert to protect Spanish airspace.

US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are among the leaders expected at the gathering of Nato members and a dozen specially invited nations.

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“Madrid and Spain will be the centre of the world,” Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares told private television Antena 3.

On Tuesday, police on foot and on horseback patrolled the streets of Madrid, which were monitored by police helicopters and drones.

The tightest security was around the IFEMA conference centre in the northeast of the capital, where the summit will take place.

Roads leading to the conference centre were cut off and the nearest metro stations was closed.

Access to the hotels where delegations are staying was also restricted.

To avoid gridlock in the city of over three million, local authorities strongly recommended that people work from home if possible.

Madrid’s Prado museum, which will host a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, will be closed to the public for two days.

The capital’s imposing central square, the Plaza Mayor, will be closed from Tuesday afternoon and used as parking space for the delegate’s vehicles.

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