Software tycoon John McAfee, was rushed to a hospital in Guatemala after it was suspected he had suffered a heart attack at the detention center where he is being held by the Guatemalan authorities. But doctors said he had only suffered a stress attack.
ABC News reports that McAfee, who, earlier in the day, had complained of chest pains, was reportedly found prostrate on the floor of his cell and unresponsive. He was rushed to a hospital, but when nurses began removing his clothes, he became responsive and said: "Please not in front of the press."
Reuters reports that Telesforo Guerra, McAfee's attorney, and former attorney general of Guatemala, who said earlier that McAfee had two mild heart attacks, later denied it. He said: "He never had a heart attack, nothing like that. I'm not a doctor. I'm just telling you what the doctors told me. He was suffering from stress, hypertension and tachycardia."
AP reports McAfee said he suffered chest pains overnight but he did not believe he had suffered a heart attack.
AP also reports he has been released from the hospital and taken back to the detention center.
According to Retuers, McAfee was posting on his blog in the morning when he suffered what is now believed to have been a "stress attack."
Digital Journal reports that Guatemalan police arrested McAfee at a hotel in Guatemala City after he crossed into the country from Belize. McAfee is on the run from the police in Belize after he was declared a "person of interest" in the murder of fellow America expat Gregory Faull, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in his home in Ambergris Caye island in Belize.
According to Digital Journal, when he arrived in Guatemala City, he announced he was seeking asylum in the country and hired the services of Telesforo Guerra, a lawyer and former attorney general of the country.
McAfee claimed that his escaped from Belize involved a ruse in which a "double" carrying a North Korean passport with his name was arrested at the Belizean/Mexico border. But the Belizean authorities denied that they ever detained anyone by McAfee's name at the border.
Digital Journal reports McAfee was arrested by Guatemalan authorities and detained in a center belonging to the country's immigration department. The Guatemalan Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros, said his application for asylum had been rejected and that he was arrested because he entered the country illegally. The Interior Minister said he would be returned to the Belize border.
According to AP, shortly after the decision to deny him asylum was announced, McAfee issued a plea to his supporters on his blog. He asked them to petition Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina for the country to grant him asylum. He wrote: "Please email the President of Guatemala and beg him to allow the court system to proceed, to determine my status in Guatemala, and please support the political asylum that I am asking for."
Reuters reports that a constitutional lawyer Gabriel Orellana, who is also a former foreign minister, criticized the action of the government, saying that McAfee should not have been arrested and that the government should have considered his request for asylum. Orellana said: "We should take into account the fact that McAfee has not been accused of any crime in Belize."
Meanwhile Raphael Martinez, a spokesman for the Belize government, said if McAfee is deported to Belize, he would be handed over to the police and detained for up to 48 hours and released if charges are not brought against him. But he added: "There is more that we know about the investigation, but that remains part of the police work."
ABC News reports Martinez said Belize expects the Guatemalan authorities to hand McAfee to them because that "would be the neighborly thing to do."
However, Digital Journal reports McAfee has repeatedly said he refused to give himself up to the police in Belize because he fears he may be killed in custody. Digital Journal reported McAfee says Belize's ruling party is persecuting him because he refused to pay $2 million to the party.