Software millionaire John McAfee was detained Wednesday by Guatemalan immigration authorities, who were considering his deportation to his native United States, an official said.
"McAfee was detained because he violated immigration law" by entering the country without registering, presidential spokesman Francisco Cuevas told reporters late Wednesday.
McAfee, who developed and marketed the anti-virus software of the same name, entered Guatemala unofficially from Belize, where he is wanted in connection with the death of a fellow U.S. expatriate.
He requested political asylum in Guatemala on Tuesday, claiming that the Belize authorities wanted to kill him. He told CNN on Monday that he feared for his life after refusing to bribe a politician.
Belize police have said they want to question him over the death of Gregory Viant Faull, who was found shot dead in his home on the country's Ambergris Caye on November 10.
Faull was the co-author of a letter complaining about noisy dogs and guards on McAfee's nearby property shortly before his death.
McAfee would remain in custody while the Guatemalan authorities conduct a "judicial analysis" of how to proceed, Cuevas said.
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