December 06, 2012, 4:59 PM —
REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
Guatemala has denied fugitive anti-virus pioneer John McAfee's appeal for asylum there, though an apparent hospitalization may delay his deportation, reports say.
Earlier, the Reuters news agency had reported that Guatamalan officials had decided to send the 67-year old former tech guru back to neighboring Belize, where he is wanted for questioning in connection with a murder that occurred several weeks ago.
Guatemala Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told Reuters that McAfee could be deported as soon as today.
"Asylum has been denied and we don't have any obligation to say why," Guatemala Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros told Reuters in a separate report.
McAfee, who has been blogging intermittently on a site maintained by his supporters, desperately appealed for backers to email requests to halt the planned deportation to Guatamalan officials.
"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. Please PLEASE be very POLITE in your communications, and I thank you," McAfee said.
Guatemalan authorities arrested McAfee on Wednesday on charges that the 67-year old former tech guru had entered the country illegally.