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McAfee founder seeking asylum

John McAfee has crossed the Guatemala border and will seek political asylum as he enters his third week on the run from police in Belize.

Wanted for questioning over the murder of his neighbour, McAfee has so far refused to turn himself in, instead continuing to detail his escape via media sources in America.

Speaking to Reuters on Monday, the software guru again said he would not turn himself into authorities, with his lawyer confirming he would seek refuge in the South American country.

Since the murder the security pioneer has also alleged to have altered his appearance, after being identified as a 'person of interest' by police following the murder of Florida businessman Gregory Faull.

Faull was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, lying face down in a pool of blood.

“We’re hoping to get to the bottom of it, and hopefully he [McAfee] has some information that can lead us to the conclusion of this case,” said Raphael Martinez, Belize police at the time of the murder.

But while the police have yet to establish a motive for the murder, McAfee insisted he knew nothing of the murder.

“I thought maybe they were coming for me,” said the 67-year-old millionaire.

“They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house.

“He’s dead. They killed him. It spooked me out.”

McAfee was reported to have buried himself in sand and covered his head with a cardboard box to hide after the murder, saying:

“I have modified my appearance in a radical fashion. I’ll probably look like a murderer, unfortunately.”

McAfee started his security company in 1989, raising over US$50m after taking the company public in 1992, before retiring to Belize nearly five years ago.

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