The Spanish High Court has green-lighted the extradition of the American software creator McAfee to the US, where he will face tax evasion charges.
McAfee says the charges are linked to his failed second bid to run as a Libertarian Party candidate in the 2020 US presidential election. The Spanish prosecutor, Carlos Bautista, earlier dismissed McAfee's claims that the charges are politically motivated, dubbing him "a millionaire who doesn't want to pay taxes."
In October 2020, the US Department of Justice released an indictment saying that McAfee's criminal offenses took place in the interim of 2014 and 2018, and that he attempted to "evade the [US Internal Revenue Service] by concealing assets, including real property, a vehicle, and a yacht in the names of others."
This came after the US Securities and Exchange Commission revealed it had brought civil charges against McAfee. The commission stated the software entrepreneur made over $23.1 million in undisclosed income from false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations.
During the same month, McAfee was arrested at Barcelona Airport when he was about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport.