GUATEMALA CITY — Software company founder John McAfee said Wednesday that he has formally requested asylum in Guatemala, claiming he is the victim of persecution in neighboring Belize.
McAfee went on the run from Belize last month after officials tried to question him about the fatal shooting of a neighbor. The U.S. citizen had engaged in 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 denied any wrongdoing and said he was being persecuted for refusing to donate to local politicians.
He dropped out of sight for weeks after police said they were seeking him, although he grabbed global attention by recounting his life on the run through a blog and regular phone calls with reporters. He crossed into Guatemala this week and told The Associated Press that he formally applied for asylum Wednesday.