Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, who is currently on the run from police in Belize over his neighbour’s murder, is seeking political asylum in Guatemala.
The 67 year old fugitive has been hiding since 11 November, when his neighbour, fellow American Gregory Faull, was found in a pool of his own blood with a bullet in his head. McAfee managed to smuggle both himself and his girlfriend over the border into Guatemala at the weekend, and he said that now he’s safe he can finally speak the truth.
"I have for five years lived in Belize peacefully. Seven months ago the Belizean government sent forty-two armed soldiers into my property. They killed one of my dogs, they broke into all of my houses, they stole, they arrested me and kept me handcuffed in the sun for 14 hours. I was taken to jail and it was only the intervention of the U.S. Embassy that got me out of jail. Since that time I have been continually harassed by the government, they have attempted to charge me with every crime ranging from an antibiotics laboratory without a license to hiring security guards without a license, to having improper paperwork for my company and most recently the murder of my neighbour. I had to leave, but the story has to get out. I have documentation that proves the intense corruption at all levels of the police and government. Now that I'm in a safe place I can speak freely, I will be talking on my blog whoismcafee.com starting tonight, to know the truth about the Belize and thank you very much."
McAfee’s lawyer Telesforro Guerra confirmed that his client will seek asylum in Guatemala.
"He (McAfee) has given large sums of money to the people and the authorities want it for themselves. They have started a political persecution against him and he needs to safeguard his integrity and his life, crossing the border to Guatemala to look for asylum."
It seems the eccentric McAfee won’t be stepping out of the limelight any time soon. He is due to submit his asylum request and hold a press conference tomorrow.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner