John MacAfee, the software guru who went on the run last month after Belize police tried questioning him about the shooting of a neighbor, was arrested in Guatemala Wednesday.
Earlier Wednesday, McAfee said he had formally requested asylum in Guatemala, claiming he is the victim of persecution in neighboring Belize where officials have said he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow ex-pat.
McAfee was taken late Wednesday to an old, three-story building used to house migrants who enter Guatemala illegally.
The 67-year-old went on the run from Belize last month after officials tried to question him about the fatal shooting of a neighbor. McAfee had engaged in a series of clashes with neighbors and authorities over allegations he kept aggressive dogs, illegal weapons and drug paraphernalia in his beachfront home on a Belize island. McAfee has denied any wrongdoing and said he was being persecuted for refusing to donate to local politicians.
He dropped out of sight for weeks after police said they were seeking him, although he grabbed global attention by recounting his life on the run through a blog and regular phone calls with reporters. He crossed into Guatemala this week and told The Associated Press that he formally applied for asylum Wednesday.
"Yes, we are presenting this, and I want it to be clear, because of the persecution, not because of the murder," he told the AP.
Belizean officials have denied persecuting McAfee, and the country's prime minister has said he suspects McAfee is mentally unstable.
Police in Belize say there is no warrant for McAfee's arrest. Since there are no restrictions on his travels, it's unclear why he would need any special status in order to stay in Guatemala.