Fugitive McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) - American Internet pioneer John McAfee, wanted for questioning over the murder of his neighbor last month in Belize, is seeking political asylum in Guatemala, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
McAfee, 67, amassed huge wealth as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur in the 1990s, designing the hugely popular anti-virus software that bears his name and remains a leading industry product to this day.
In a plotline worthy of a Hollywood thriller, the multi-millionaire went on the run from his home on the idyllic Belize paradise island of Ambergris Caye hours after neighbor Gregory Faull was murdered on Nov 11.
With his 20-year-old girlfriend Sam Vanegas in tow, he managed to cross the border into Guatemala over the weekend and has secured the services of star lawyer Telesforo Guerra, a former Guatemalan attorney general. "I have to manage his political asylum," Mr Guerra told AFP after meeting McAfee early Tuesday at a hotel in Guatemala City.