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John McAfee surfaces, planning to seek asylum in Guatemala

McAfee is now at a hotel in Guatemala City after sneaking out of neighboring Belize, where police have called him a person of interest in a November murder.

By Associated Press / December 4, 2012

Software company founder John McAfee adjusts a microphone in preparation for an interview in Guatemala City, Dec. 4. McAfee has been identified as a "person of interest" in the killing of his neighbor in Belize, Gregory Faull. Police are urging McAffe to come in for questioning. The anti-virus company founder fled Belize and is seeking political asylum in Guatemala, according to his lawyer Telesforo Guerra.

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GUATEMALA CITY

Surfacing in public for the first time in weeks, software company founder JohnMcAfee says he plans to ask for asylum in Guatemala, saying he fears persecution in Belize.

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McAfee is now at a hotel in Guatemala City after sneaking out of neighboring Belize, where police have called him a person of interest in the November slaying of a fellow American ex-pat.

He tells The Associated Press that he will petition the Guatemalan government to allow him to stay. McAfeehas said he fears he will be killed if he turns himself in for questioning in Belize.

McAfee has spent weeks narrating his life on the lam through emails, blog posts and calls to reporters.

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