Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guatemala Denies McAfee Asylum

Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee was denied political asylum in Guatemala today and will be Belize bound for questioning. Police in Belize expect him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.

President Otto Perez Molina announced it will not provide asylum to John McAfee, and said that there is nothing to compel Guatemala to make the decision.

McAfee, 67, arrived in Guatemala on Tuesday last, accompanied by his Belizean girlfriend, Sam Vanegas, 20.

Upon his arrival, McAfee said he fears for his life, he states that he is pursued by the Belize government, which donated $ 80 million since 2005 to help develop the country, but realizing that the money was stolen by the authorities decided to stop supporting. He says he has sensitive information about corruption in the Belize government.

The businessman is suspected of murdering his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull, 52, who was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head.

McAfee, the creator of the anti-virus program that still bears his name, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec 5th, for illegal entry into Guatemala. 

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