Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was arrested by the Guatemalan police Wednesday, bringing his life on the run from the Belize police, who want him for questioning in a murder investigation, to an end.
The Daily Mail reports that news of his arrest was first posted on the Facebook account of a photographer for Vice magazine, Robert King, who was with McAfee when he escaped from Belize.
The Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, later confirmed the information
According to the Guatemalan interior minister, McAfee was arrested for entering Guatemala illegally. Digital Journal reported that he crossed into Guatemala from Belize with his 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend Samantha. He had been running from the Belizean authorities for three weeks after he was declared a "person of interest" in the murder of fellow American expat and businessman Gregory Faull.
According to MSN News, the Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, said: "The (Guatemalan) police issued an arrest warrant for John McAfee and captured him for entering the country illegally."
The Guardian reports that Lopzez Bonilla said Guatemala would expel McAfee because he entered the country illegally. He said: "He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime."
The BBC reports the Interior Minister said the Guatemalan police and an Interpol agent arrested him at a hotel in an affluent area of Guatemala City. He was taken to a detention center for migrants who enter the country illegally.
Present at the hotel when he was arrested, the Daily Mail reports, were his attorney Telésforo Guerra, who is a former Guatemalan attorney general. He is also an uncle of his girlfriend Samantha.
Also present were Rocco Castoro, the editor-in-chief of New York's Vice magazine, and King. The Daily Mail reports that King is filming a documentary about his life on the run.
According to The Guardian, a government spokesman Francisco Cuevas, said the process for his deportation would likely be completed by Thursday morning.
Reuters, however, reports that Fernando Lucero, spokesman for Guatemala's immigration department, said there was no plan for an immediate deportation. Telesforo Guerra, McAfee's lawyer, said he would seek a court injunction for his release.
McAfee later said on his blog whoismcafee, that decision has been taken not to return him to the Belize border until a judge reviewed the case.
Reuters notes that there is no international arrest warrant for McAfee and police in Belize say he is not a prime suspect.
Digital Journal reports that McAfee had formally requested asylum in Guatemala before his arrest. His decision may have been informed by the fact that Guatemala is involved in a territorial dispute with Belize and has no extradition treaty with the country.
Digital Journal reports that McAfee said he is hiding from the Belize authorities because he fears for his life. His Guatemalan lawyer Telesforo Guerra, said: "He will be in danger if he is returned to Belize, where he has denounced authorities. His life is in danger." Guerra added: "From the moment he asked for asylum he has to have the protection of the Guatemalan government."
McAfee alleged he is being victimized by Belize's ruling party because he refused to pay $2 million to it.
According to Reuters, he said: "The misunderstanding of the severity of their request for money was my big mistake. Had I known that, I would maybe have said $2 million is way too much. Let's negotiate something, just don't rape me for the next seven months. Writing a check would have been a lot easier."
But the party has denied McAfee's allegation.