John McAfee, founder of antivirus company McAfee, is expected to be flown back to Belize for questioning in the death of his neighbor after Guatemalan authorities denied his request for political asylum Thursday.
After nearly a month on the run from Belizean authorities, McAfee surrendered to Guatemalan police and Interpol agents Wednesday on charges of illegally entering the country. McAfee bragged of sneaking across the Guatemala-Belize border on Tuesday with two journalists and a girlfriend in tow.
McAfee spent the night in a Guatemalan facility and continued to blog, as he has done throughout his nearly monthlong evasion from police questioning.
McAfee said in his blog that U.S. Embassy officials denied his request to be returned to the U.S. instead of Belize.
McAfee's request for asylum in Guatemala — based on his claim that the police in Belize were persecuting him for failing to pay bribes — was denied Thursday without further comment by Guatemalan officials, and Belizean authorities expect him to be flown back to their country soon, The Associated Press reported. In Belize, the former Silicon Valley antivirus software pioneer is a "person of interest" in the killing of Gregory Viant Faull, according to officials; McAfee counters that Belizean authorities are crooked and will kill him if they capture him.
Faull, an American who lived part time next to the beachside compound McAfee owned in Belize, was found shot to death on Nov. 11 by his housekeeper. About a month before his slaying, Faull hand-delivered a letter to the local town council complaining about McAfee's security detail and his dogs. Two days before Faull's death, several of McAfee's dogs were poisoned, though he has said that the Belizean authorities are responsible for the poisonings and possibly the shooting.
The 67-year-old claims to have used disguises to hide in plain sight from authorities while proclaiming his innocence in the death of Faull, 52. McAfee maintains that Belizean authorities in San Pedro Town — where he lives with armed guards and, by his own accounts, a coterie of young women — are out to get him for failing to pay a bribe.
San Pedro Town police spokesman Raphael Martinez told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday that investigators still considered McAfee a "person of interest" in Faull's killing, but no charges await him in Belize for evading their questioning, Martinez said.