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Deportation looms for McAfee after heart drama

Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD
Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 02:32 hrs

pSoftware guru John McAfee fighting deportation to Belize was rushed to a hospital in Guatemala on Thursday shortly after his asylum request was rejected but a suspected heart attack turned out to be stress in a fresh twist to the sagappThe 67-year-old US computer software pioneer was taken swiftly from a hospital in a police car out of the sight of media after earlier arriving in an ambulance lying on a stretcherppHis lawyer said he was being taken back to an immigration department cottage where he has been detained since crossing illegally into Guatemala from neighboring Belize where police want to question him in connection with his neighbors murderpp"He never had a heart attack nothing like that" said Telesforo Guerra a former attorney general who had earlier said McAfee had two mild heart attackspp"Im not a doctor Im just telling you what the doctors told me" he added "He was suffering from stress hypertension and tachycardia an abnormally fast heartbeat"ppMcAfee was posting on his blog wwwwhoismcafeecom in the morning the time he suffered the stress attack "I dont think a heart attack prevents one from using ones blog" Guerra had said at the timeppGuerras assistant Karla Paz earlier said she found McAfee lying on the ground and unable to move his body or speakppMcAfee 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 returnsppGuatemalas foreign minister Harold Caballeros said earlier McAfees request for asylum was rejectedppConstitutional lawyer Gabriel Orellana a former foreign minister said the government should have given more weight to the asylum request rather than rush to a decisionpp"We should take into account the fact that McAfee has not been accused of any crime in Belize" he saidppPolice in Belize want to quiz McAfee as "a person of interest" in the killing of a fellow American Gregory Faull with whom he had quarreled But they say he is not a prime suspect in the probeppMcAfee says he has been persecuted by Belizes ruling party because he refused to pay around 2 million he says it is trying to hustle out of him he saidppBelizes prime minister denies this and said McAfee who made millions from the internet anti-virus software that bears his name was "bonkers"ppMcAfee later lost much of his fortune and turned to a life of semi-reclusion by the Belizean beachppMcAfee spent Wednesday night reading his blog and posting his thoughts on a laptop he said was lent to him by the warden of the cottage where he was stayingppOne person asked him if he felt like committing suicidepp"I enjoy living and suicide is absurdly redundant" he wrote "The world from the very beginning hurls viruses accidents hungry animals defective DNA 1 and uncountable more &mdash in an attempt to kill us It always succeeds Suicide is simply aiding and abetting"ppMcAfees earlier posts spoke of his relief at arriving in Guatemala thinking he had found a way out of his troublesppOne of his readers posted a message offering him just thatpp"John I have a special ops team near the La Aurora International Airport I can get you out of jail and provide safe passage back to the States for a fee Please let me know if this interests you"ppGuatemalas government originally said the eccentric tech entrepreneur who loves guns and young women and has tribal tattoos covering his shoulders would be expelled to Belize within hours But it later rowed backppThe US State Department said it was aware of McAfees arrest and its embassy was providing "appropriate consular services" but could not comment furtherppOn the island of Ambergris Caye where McAfee has lived for about four years residents and neighbors say he is eccentric and at times unstable He was seen to travel with armed bodyguards sporting a pistol tucked into his beltppThe predicament of the former Lockheed systems consultant is a far cry from his heyday in the late 1980s when he started McAfee Associates McAfee has no relationship now with the company which was sold to Intel CorpppMcAfee was previously charged in Belize with possession of illegal firearms and police had raided his property on suspicions that he was running a lab to produce illegal synthetic narcotics He says he has not taken drugs since 1983pp"I took drugs constantly 24 hours of the day I took them for years and years I was the worst drug abuser on the planet" he told Reuters just before his arrest "Then I finally went to Alcoholics Anonymous and that was the end of it"p

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