Guatemala has denied the asylum request of John McAfee.
The 67-year-old founder of McAfee antivirus software is fighting deportation to Belize.
He is wanted there in connection with a former neighbour’s murder, fellow American Gregory Faull, with whom he had quarrelled.
The entrepreneur was detained by Guatemalan police on Wednesday for illegally sneaking across the border with his 20-year-old girlfriend.
His lawyer Telesforo Guerra appealed to US authorities:
“It’s funny because the first thing American authorities have always done is to look after the well-being of their citizens and ensure their rights are respected. In this case, there is a previous arrangement… I imagine some requirement by the government of Belize so that the US embassy does not interfere.”
McAfee claims Belize’s ruling party has it in for him because he refused to give them funds of around 1.5 million euros.
He also says the police will kill him if he goes back.
Belize’s Prime Minister denies this and described the software pioneer as “bonkers.”