Detained software guru McAfee hospitalized in Guatemala

Thu Dec 6, 2012 6:23pm EST
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By Lomi Kriel and Sofia Menchu

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Software guru John McAfee, fighting deportation to Belize, was rushed to a hospital in Guatemala on Thursday after his lawyer said he had two mild heart attacks earlier in the day, and doctors said he was suffering from anxiety and hypertension.

Reporters saw McAfee carried out on a stretcher from an immigration service cottage where he was detained after crossing illegally into Guatemala from neighboring Belize, where police want to question him in connection with his neighbor's murder.

The 67-year-old U.S. software pioneer's hospitalization came after Guatemala denied a request for asylum.

McAfee was posting on his blog in the morning, the time his lawyer said he suffered the heart attacks.

"I don't think a heart attack prevents one from using one's blog," said the lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.

On Thursday afternoon he was carried out, wrapped in a blanket with his eyes shut and taken to a police hospital.

Guerra's assistant, Karla Paz, said she found McAfee lying on the ground and unable to move his body or speak.

Oscar Enrique Gonzalez, head of medical services at the hospital, said McAfee showed "a syndrome of anxiety and hypertension". He said doctors were still studying his heart.   Continued...

U.S. anti-virus software guru John McAfee uses a computer in a migrant shelter, where he is detained in Guatemala City, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Human Rights Attorney/Handout