The Straits Times
Published on Dec 06, 2012

McAfee seeks political asylum in Guatemala


GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) - US Internet security pioneer John McAfee has requested political asylum in Guatemala, after fleeing Belize where he is wanted for questioning over his neighbour's murder.

The former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, now a weathered 67-year-old, went on the run from his home on the Belizean paradise island of Ambergris Caye after neighbour Gregory Faull was murdered on November 11.

McAfee and girlfriend Sam Vanegas, 20, managed to evade Belizean authorities for more than three weeks, making it across the border into Guatemala over the weekend after devising elaborate ruses to confuse police.

"We are applying for political asylum," McAfee told journalists in Guatemala City on Tuesday, hours after securing the services of Mr Telesforo Guerra, a former Guatemalan attorney general who is also Vanegas's uncle.