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Guatemala Deports McAfee To the US 141

Reuters reports that John McAfee's troubles in Central America seem to be coming to an end. After a Guatemalan judge ordered McAfee's release yesterday, the country's immigration authorities have now deported him, putting him on a plane to Miami this afternoon. McAfee told ABC News, "They took me out of my cell and put me on a freaking airplane. I had no choice in the matter." Which is not to say he's unhappy with the outcome: "It was the most gracious expulsion I've ever experienced. Compared to my past two wives that expelled me this isn't a terrible trip."
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Guatemala Deports McAfee To the US

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  • by Smallpond ( 221300 ) on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @07:34PM (#42266939) Homepage Journal

    At least for people who aren't billionaires.

  • by DragonWriter ( 970822 ) on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @07:52PM (#42267115)

    Unless he was claiming refugee status, Guatemala was under no obligation to let him stay within their borders.

    He was, in fact, seeking asylum, which was denied.

  • by paazin ( 719486 ) on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @07:53PM (#42267131)
    He's not a billionaire. Not even close; apparently he's worth something more in the lines of 4 mil, if that.

    I'd figure that's small enough that no one would care in tossing him back over.
  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @07:59PM (#42267187) Homepage Journal

    I hate it you don't have a sense of humor.

    Seriously, it was an ex wife joke, lighten up.

  • by westlake ( 615356 ) on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @08:12PM (#42267305)

    The Treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal assistance treaties being negotiated by the United States in order to counter criminal activities more effectively. The Treaty should be an effective tool to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of crimes, including drug trafficking, money laundering, and terrorism offenses. The Treaty is self-executing.

    The Treaty provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual assistance available under the Treaty includes: taking the testimony or statements of persons; providing documents, records, and articles of evidence; locating or identifying persons; serving documents; transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes;executing requests for searches and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to immobilization and forfeiture of assets, restitution to the victims of crime and collection of fines; and any other form of assistance not prohibited by the laws of the State from whom the assistance is requested.

    I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty, and give its advice and consent to ratification.



    This tiny nation of only 280,000 people does seem to draw a surprising number of fugitives. They come here ''for the same reasons as the tourists,'' says Gerald Westby, Belize's police commissioner. ''It's English-speaking and close to Mexico.'' Some try to blend in with vacationers on sun-drenched coastal islands like Ambergris Cay, and others...try to find sanctuary in the jungle. They also appear to find comfort in the poverty (hence, their money goes further) and lawlessness (figuring they won't be a priority for local cops). Belize City is a violent place, currently suffering from a rash of ''pedal by'' shootings--executions by gunmen on bicycles.

    Belize signed an extradition treaty with the United States in 2000, but officials are often quite willing to expedite a deportation instead of the lengthy extradition process. ''Belize is very close to being one of the most cooperative Central American nations,'' says James Schield, chief of international investigations for the U.S. Marshals Service.

    Trouble in Paradise : U.S. fugitives may think they can hide in Belize, but here's the untold story of how some get caught [usnews.com]

    Cooperation on this level works both ways. If Belize wants McAfee they will very likely get him.

  • by slew ( 2918 ) on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @08:44PM (#42267611)

    Apparently yes [internatio...onblog.com]..

    3. A request for extradition of a person who is sought for prosecution shall also be supported by:
    (a) a copy of the warrant or order of arrest, if any, issued by a judge or other competent authority of the Requesting State;
    (b) a document setting forth the charges; and
    (c) such evidence as would be found sufficient, according to the law of the Requested State, to justify the committal for trial of the person sought if the offense of which the person has been accused had been committed in the Requested State.

  • by Capsaicin ( 412918 ) * on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @10:04PM (#42268471)

    I suspect his point was that if your logic held

    Its not my logic dude, it's the Law.

    there wouldn't be many extradition treaties as they'd be pretty one sided if they relied upon a system of law not present in the vast majority of bound parties. So there has to be more to it than you suggest.

    Now that is a failure of logic! The mere fact that the dual criminality (AKA 'double criminality) [uslegal.com] principle exists in common law countries, does not imply that the same principle is absent in other legal systems. You cannot infer one-sidedness. Even if you could, that would not allow you to deduce that there " has to be more." The US, in particular, is famous for engaging in one sided dealings with other countries. Eg. Try getting a defamation judgment from another (even CL) country enforced in the US.

    The point is that the US in, in my judgement (bearing in mind that I'm an Australian lawyer, not a US one), unlikely in the extreme to extradite [uslegal.com] one of its citizens, not charged with a crime recognised under US law.

  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @10:52PM (#42268779) Homepage Journal

    Citations, please.

    I'll remind you that BOTH of the women involved in the Assange scandal have stated quite clearly in interviews that Assange did NOT commit a rape. The only "charges" that have been made concern "sexual misconduct" involving the failure to use a condom. No actual, formal charges have ever been filed. Some muck raker just wants the opportunity to sit Assange down for an interrogation.

    Get your facts straight, please. You simply cannot comprehend the situation, unless you start getting the basic facts straight. Both women spoke to the media, both women made similar statements. So similar, in fact, one has to wonder just how long they rehearsed their statements. We know that they are in collusion, but we don't know for certain who they are in collusion with. Are they the only conspirators, playing a rather petty game, or are they members of a larger conspiracy, playing at international intrigue? OR, is their little petty conspiracy simply being taken advantage of by another larger conspiracy?

    Tune in next week, same time, same station, for another installment of, "Bimbos Rape Assange"!!

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