McAfee says he suffered chest pains overnight and is hospitalized briefly after being denied political asylum in Guatemala. McAfee says he does not believe that he suffered a heart attack, and a doctor agrees that his heart rhythm and blood pressure are normal and that he appears to be suffering from high stress. Shortly after the decision to deny him asylum is announced, McAfee issues 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.
McAfee’s legal team said they are 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. Later, he is released from the hospital and taken back to the detention center.