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UPDATE: Lawyer: McAfee Better After Chest Pain, Hopes To Stay In Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A lawyer for software company founder John McAfee says the self-styled fugitive is feeling better after suffering chest pain, and hopes to stay in Guatemala despite the rejection of his political asylum request.

Attorney Telesforo Guerra told reporters outside the detention center where McAfee is being held that the creator of the McAfee antivirus program is in good health, and his team is filing four separate legal appeals in an effort to prevent his return to Belize, where police want to question him in connection with the fatal shooting of another U.S. expatriate. He expects McAfee to stay at least until Monday.

McAfee says he had no involvement in the shooting of his neighbor on a Belizean island, and authorities are persecuting him because he knows about official corruption.


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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A Guatemalan official says software company founder John McAfee has been arrested in Guatemala City for entering the country illegally.

Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said McAfee was detained by police at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood.

Earlier Wednesday, McAfee said he had formally requested asylum in Guatemala claiming he is being persecuted in Belize, where he is wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a neighbor.


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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Software company founder John McAfee tells The Associated Press he has formally requested asylum in Guatemala, claiming he is the victim of persecution in neighboring Belize.

The U.S. citizen had a series of clashes with neighbors and authorities over allegations he kept aggressive dogs, illegal weapons and drug paraphernalia in his beachfront home on a Belize island. McAfee has said he was being persecuted for refusing to donate to local politicians.

He went on the run last month after officials tried to question him about the fatal shooting of a neighbor. He crossed into Guatemala this week and tells the AP he formally applied for asylum Wednesday.

He says: "Yes, we are presenting this, and I want it to be clear, because of the persecution, not because of the murder."


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