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McAfee arrested by Guatemalan police

The anti-virus guru was arrested for entering Guatemala illegally.

Guatemala's National Police released this image of McAfee after being arrested.
Guatemala's National Police released this image of McAfee after being arrested.
Image: (AP Photo/Guatemala's National Police)

SOFTWARE COMPANY FOUNDER John McAfee was arrested by Guatemalan police for entering the country illegally, ending his bizarre week-long journey as a blogging fugitive claiming to be persecuted by authorities in Belize.

The fate of the anti-virus guru is unclear as Guatemalan authorities awaited word from their Foreign Ministry as to what they would do with McAfee and whether they intended to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow ex-pat.

Earlier yesterday, McAfee said he had formally requested asylum in Guatemala after entering the country from Belize, where he says he fears for his safety because he has sensitive information about official corruption and refused to donate to local politicians.

Hiding

Since refusing to turn himself in to authorities in Belize, the 67-year-old had been in hiding, blogging his movements and calling reporters, until reappearing in Guatemala to claim asylum. He has not said how he crossed the border into Guatemala.

His lawyer in Guatemala, Telesforo Guerra, warned last night that McAfee’s life would be in danger if he is returned to Belize. Guerra said he would ask that a judge look at McAfee’s case as soon as possible.

Police in Belize deny they are persecuting McAfee and say there is no warrant for his arrest. The country’s prime minister has even questioned McAfee’s mental state. Since there are no restrictions on his travels, it’s unclear why McAfee would need any special status in order to stay in Guatemala.

Media frenzy

McAfee went on the run last month after officials tried to question him about the killing of Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death in early November on the Belize island where both men lived.

The Faull family has said through a representative that the murder of their loved one on Ambergris Caye has gotten lost in the media frenzy provoked by McAfee’s manipulation of the media through phone calls, emails and blog posts detailing his life on the lam.

He had earlier said he didn’t plan to leave Belize but ultimately did because he thought “Sam” was in danger, referring to the young woman who has accompanied him since he went into hiding.

- AP

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