Fugitive millionaire John McAfee has been rushed to the hospital in Guatemala after suffering two minor heart attacks.
The 67-year-old software company founder had been denied political asylum in Guatemala and his lawyers said they were making a last-ditch effort to keep him from being flown back to Belize for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.
McAfee was moved from an immigration center to a police-run hospital Thursday afternoon after Guatemalan authorities said McAfee’s request for asylum had been denied.
They did not explain why. Shortly after the decision was announced, McAfee 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 lawyer vowed to block Guatemalan efforts to remove the entrepreneur.
McAfee was not taken to a hospital and posted on his blog during the morning hours.
‘I don’t think a heart attack prevents one from using one’s blog,’ said the lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.
McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police on Wednesday for illegally sneaking across the border with his 20-year-old girlfriend to escape authorities in Belize. He has said he fears authorities in Belize will kill him if he returns.
Still, Guatemala’s foreign minister, Harold Caballeros, said McAfee’s request for asylum had been rejected.
Police in Belize want to quiz McAfee as ‘a person of interest’ in the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull, with whom he had quarreled.
But they say he is not a prime suspect in the probe. McAfee says he has been persecuted by Belize’s ruling party because he refused to pay it around $2 million.
Belize’s prime minister denies this and has described McAfee, who made millions from the Internet anti-virus software that bears his name, as ‘bonkers.’ McAfee later lost much of his fortune and turned to a life of semi-reclusion by the beach.