Fugitive millionaire John McAfee has beenÂ rushed to the hospital in Guatemala after suffering two minor heart attacks.
The 67-year-old software company founder hadÂ been denied political asylum in Guatemala and his lawyers said they were makingÂ a last-ditch effort to keep him from being flown back to Belize for questioningÂ about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.
McAfee was moved from an immigration centerÂ to a police-run hospital Thursday afternoon after Guatemalan authorities saidÂ McAfee’s request for asylum had been denied.
They did not explain why. Shortly after theÂ decision was announced, McAfee issued a plea on his blog for the public toÂ petition Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to let him stay.
‘Please email the President ofÂ Guatemala andÂ beg him to allow the court system to proceed, to determine my status inÂ Guatemala, and please support the political asylum that IÂ am asking for,’ theÂ post read.
McAfee’s lawyer vowed to block GuatemalanÂ efforts to remove the entrepreneur.
McAfee was not taken to a hospital and postedÂ on his blog during the morning hours.
‘I don’t think a heart attack prevents oneÂ from using one’s blog,’ said the lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.
McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police onÂ Wednesday for illegally sneaking across the border with his 20-year-oldÂ girlfriend to escape authorities in Belize. He has said he fears authorities inÂ Belize will kill him if he returns.
Still, Guatemala’s foreign minister, HaroldÂ Caballeros, said McAfee’s request for asylum had been rejected.
Police in Belize want to quiz McAfee as ‘aÂ person of interest’ in the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull, with whomÂ he had quarreled.
But they say he is not a prime suspect in theÂ probe. McAfee says he has been persecuted by Belize’s ruling party because heÂ refused to pay it around $2 million.
Belize’s prime minister denies this and hasÂ described McAfee, who made millions from the Internet anti-virus software thatÂ bears his name, as ‘bonkers.’ McAfee later lost much of his fortune and turnedÂ to a life of semi-reclusion by the beach.