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McAfee: Lawyers Bid To Prevent Belize Return
Lawyers for software guru John McAfee are making legal moves to prevent him being returned to Belize after he was released from hospital in neighbouring Guatemala.
McAfee had suffered chest pains and was rushed to hospital but a government doctor who examined him said his heart rhythm and blood pressure were normal and that he appeared to be suffering from high stress.
McAfee had been taken ill soon after Guatemalan authorities said his request for asylum had been denied. He was later returned to a detention centre.
McAfee has issued a plea on his blog for the public to petition Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to let him stay.
"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 post read.
McAfee's legal team said they were preparing to appeal against the denial of asylum to the country's constitutional court, a process that could give McAfee perhaps another day or two in Guatemala.
He had been taken to the immigration centre after his arrest for illegally entering the country following a bizarre journey as a self-styled fugitive, with an active blog and constant contact with the press.
Belize police spokesman Raphael Martinez said officials expected McAfee to be flown back to his country.
Police want to question him about the killing of neighbour Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot 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 become 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 run.
McAfee said US embassy officials had said they couldn't help him with a request to be returned to the US instead of Belize.
McAfee said he had formally requested asylum in Guatemala due to fears for his safety because he has sensitive information about official corruption and refused to donate to local politicians.
His Guatemalan lawyer, Telesforo Guerra, has said 67-yeard-old McAfee's life would be in danger if he is sent back to Belize.