Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee arrested in Guatemala 'for entering country illegally'

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 07:10 hrs

The creator of the McAfee anti-virus software, John McAfee, who was wanted by authorities in Belize in connection with the murder of his neighbour, has been arrested in Guatemala, accused of entering the country illegally.

He crossed the border to seek political asylum, having been on the run in Belize where police are investigating the death of his neighbour.

Belize officials said the software pioneer was a 'person of interest' in the murder of Florida businessman Gregory Faull on 11 November, the BBC reports.

According to the report, McAfee has claimed that he is innocent, and said on his blog that he has been 'harassed' by police, and that this was the reason he fled Belize.

There is no international arrest warrant issued for the multi-millionaire fugitive.

Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said that McAfee was arrested at a hotel in an affluent area of the capital, Guatemala City.

Appearing in public for the first time in weeks on Tuesday, McAfee and his lawyer had said he would petition the Guatemalan government to stay there.

"Belize does not have a good track record of providing safety when they ask to question you. I felt much more secure crossing the border," McAfee said.

He reportedly checked into the five star Villa Real hotel in Guatemala City earlier on Wednesday having sneaked out of Belize, the report said.

The 67-year old revealed that in order to go unnoticed, he changed his appearance by dying his hair and beard, sticking chewed bubble gum to his upper gums to fatten his face and staining his teeth, the report added. (ANI)

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