McAfee’s fugitive founder hospitalized in Guatemala

Dec 6, 2012
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McAfee’s fugitive founder hospitalized in Guatemala

John McAfee, founder of the antivirus company with the same name, was hospitalized in Guatemala earlier today after being denied asylum. He was reported to have been experiencing chest pains, and is said to be in stable condition. This comes after he went on the run in Belize after his neighbor was found dead.

McAfee is 67 years old, and refused to surrender after his neighbor was discovered murdered via a gunshot wound to the head. McAfee refused to turn himself into police and went on the lam instead, stating that he feared for his life and believed that the police intended to frame him for the murder. That led him to seek asylum in Guatemala, which was denied.

McAfee has been running a blog, WhoIsMcAfee.com, to which was posted earlier this evening, "I just received a phone call from John, asking me to place this post. 'I have not once before asked for help for any support for me ... Now for the first time, I am asking for support for me. Please email the President of Guatemala and beg him to allow the court system to proceed, to determine my status in Guatemala, and please support the political asylum that I am asking for.'"

The death occurred on November 11. The Belize government denies McAfee's claims that it plans on framing and killing him. The 67-year-old was arrested in Guatemala on charges of illegal entry, and he faces possible deportation now that the asylum request has been rejected. According to his blog, there are no updates on his health status at this time.

[via WSJ]


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