The Spanish national court has suspended the hearing to deal with the extradition request brought by John McAfee, the well-known cryptocurrency influencer, for his tax offenses in the United States. The entrepreneur was arrested last October at El Prat Airport, where he was going to fly. No new dates have been announced for the new hearing.
National court suspends extradition hearing for John McAfee
The Spanish national court suspended the extradition hearing of John McAfee this week on charges of tax evasion, local media reported. The court alleged that due to some errors in handling the case, the defense was unable to function effectively. John McAfee’s attorney, Javier Villalba, had not received the full file on the case prior to the hearing. John McAfee was arrested at El Prat Airport last year before boarding a flight.
Villalba criticized the way the Spanish judiciary dealt with McAfee and criticized that his client was detained without bail. He said McAfee was in bad shape because of his age (78) and was in a Spanish prison for nine months for tax offenses. Villalba argued against this, stating:
It is not a blood or drug-related crime
McAfee, also known as the cybersecurity pioneer, allegedly failed to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and faces a maximum penalty of five years per tax evasion charge and one year per year per tax failure. The court would accept extradition requests on three of the five McAfee-imputed charges. A date for a new hearing has not been set.
McAfee’s criminal record
However, this isn’t the first run-in the cryptocurrency influencer has rightly had. McAfee himself stated in a Twitter post that it was him locked in Spain for the use of a thong mask in August. He was also jailed in Tennessee for driving under the influence of controlled substances and illegally entering Guatemala.
McAfee was also arrested in the Dominican Republic for carrying guns and ammunition into the country. But more importantly, he was a prime suspect in a Belice murder case in which one of his neighbors, with whom he often argued, was shot.
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