The millionaire creator of the McAfee antivirus, John McAfee, is "safe and sound" in Guatemala, a country where he will seek political exile because he considers himself "persecuted by the Belize government," his attorney told Efe Tuesday.

"We're asking for political exile in Guatemala because he is a political refugee from the Belize government, which accuses him in an abusive, illegal way of something he never committed," Telesforo Guerra said.

The 67-year-old McAfee is accused in Belize of murdering a neighbor.

Accompanied by 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend Sam Vanegas, McAfee put up at an exclusive hotel on the southeast side of the Guatemalan capital, but left hours later to "seek the protection of a safer place."

According to Guerra, political exile for his client in Guatemala "is completely possible and applicable," since the software mogul can prove he is a political refugee from the Belize government, which he had "financed and aided for a long time."

"Since (McAfee) was no longer giving them money, they persecute him and charge him with a crime he never committed," the attorney said.

Belize authorities have said they only plan to question McAfee to determine his possible implication in the murder two weeks ago of the American Gregory Faull, his neighbor in the town of Ambergris Caye.

A spokesperson for the Guatemalan Interior Ministry told Efe that "for now" he has no official information about McAfee's presence in Guatemala nor whether he has made contact with the authorities. EFE