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McAfee Hospitalized After Being Denied Asylum in Guatemala

  • Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • A police vehicle parks outside a building, used to house migrants who enter the country illegally, where software company founder John McAfee was taken in Guatemala City, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. The McAfee was detained for entering the country illegally at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A police vehicle parks outside a building, used to house migrants who enter the country illegally, where software company founder John McAfee was taken in Guatemala City, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. The McAfee was detained for entering the country illegally at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • A police vehicle parks outside a building, used to house migrants who enter the country illegally, where software company founder John McAfee was taken in Guatemala City, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. The McAfee was detained for entering the country illegally at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A police vehicle parks outside a building, used to house migrants who enter the country illegally, where software company founder John McAfee was taken in Guatemala City, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. The McAfee was detained for entering the country illegally at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is pictured in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

    In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is pictured in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is pictured in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

    In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is pictured in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is photographed in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

    In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is photographed in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is photographed in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

    In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is photographed in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)

  • In this image made using a cell phone, software company founder John McAfee updates his blog at an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. Pictured at right is one of his lawyers, Karla Paz.(AP Photo/Sonia Perez)

    In this image made using a cell phone, software company founder John McAfee updates his blog at an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. Pictured at right is one of his lawyers, Karla Paz.(AP Photo/Sonia Perez)

  • In this image made using a cell phone, software company founder John McAfee updates his blog at an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. Pictured at right is one of his lawyers, Karla Paz.(AP Photo/Sonia Perez)

    In this image made using a cell phone, software company founder John McAfee updates his blog at an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. Pictured at right is one of his lawyers, Karla Paz.(AP Photo/Sonia Perez)

  • Software company founder John McAfee lies on a gurney inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Software company founder John McAfee lies on a gurney inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • Software company founder John McAfee lies on a gurney inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Software company founder John McAfee lies on a gurney inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
  • Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
  • Software company founder John McAfee lies inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
  • A police vehicle parks outside a building, used to house migrants who enter the country illegally, where software company founder John McAfee was taken in Guatemala City, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. The McAfee was detained for entering the country illegally at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
  • A police vehicle parks outside a building, used to house migrants who enter the country illegally, where software company founder John McAfee was taken in Guatemala City, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. The McAfee was detained for entering the country illegally at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is pictured in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)
  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is pictured in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)
  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is photographed in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)
  • In this photo released by Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office, software company founder John McAfee is photographed in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. (AP Photo/Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office)
  • In this image made using a cell phone, software company founder John McAfee updates his blog at an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. Pictured at right is one of his lawyers, Karla Paz.(AP Photo/Sonia Perez)
  • In this image made using a cell phone, software company founder John McAfee updates his blog at an immigration detention center in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The anti-virus guru was arrested at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Guatemalan authorities were awaiting orders from their Foreign Ministry about whether to send him back to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow expatriate American. Pictured at right is one of his lawyers, Karla Paz.(AP Photo/Sonia Perez)
  • Software company founder John McAfee lies on a gurney inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
  • Software company founder John McAfee lies on a gurney inside an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention center to a hospital, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 . He was examined by a doctor at the detention center, who said that McAfee's heart and blood pressure were normal, but nonetheless was being moved to a hospital after McAfee was found lying on the floor in the room where he was being detained. McAfee who fled Belize was denied political asylum in Guatemala on Thursday and police in Belize said they expected him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala City — Software company founder John McAfee was hospitalized yesterday after being denied political asylum in Guatemala and his lawyers said they were making a last-ditch effort to keep him from being flown back to Belize for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.

McAfee told The Associated Press that he suffered chest pains overnight but didn’t believe he had a heart attack. A government doctor who examined him agreed, saying that McAfee’s heart rhythm and blood pressure were normal and that he appeared to be suffering from high stress.

McAfee was moved from an immigration center to a police-run hospital yesterday afternoon after Guatemalan authorities said McAfee’s request for asylum had been denied. They did not explain why.

Shortly after the decision was announced, McAfee issued a plea on his blog for the public to petition Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to let him stay.

“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,” the post read.

McAfee’s legal team said they were preparing to appeal the denial of asylum to the country’s constitutional court, a process that could give McAfee perhaps another day or two in Guatemala.

The court would have to issue a decision within 48 hours.

McAfee’s complaints of chest pain prompted authorities to move him from the immigration center where he had been held overnight.

He had been taken to the center after his arrest for illegally entering the country after a bizarre weekslong journey as a self-styled fugitive with an active blog and constant contact with the press.

During an exclusive interview with the AP yesterday morning from inside his private room at the center, McAfee said he was refusing to travel to a hospital because he had been using Chinese herbal medicine since suffering a heart attack in 1993.

“Last night I had a little bit of pain, but I am fine this morning,” he said. “I don’t like Western medicine ... if the people around me are kind and compassionate, that’s all that matters in life. The people of Guatemala are very kind people, so I have no complaints.”

A couple of hours later, an AP reporter returned to McAfee’s room and found him changed into a suit but lying on the floor as he was examined by a doctor. Shortly after, he was taken to the police hospital.

Belizean police spokesman Raphael Martinez said officials expected McAfee to be flown back to his country’s capital.

Police want to question him about the fatal shooting of killing of Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death in early November on the Belize island where both men lived.

Police in Belize deny they are persecuting McAfee and say there is no warrant for his arrest.

The country’s prime minister has questioned McAfee’s mental state.

McAfee went on the run last month after officials tried to question him about the killing of Faull, who was shot to death in early November.