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American bitcoin trader and his girlfriend may face death penalty over Thailand 'sea home'

This dispute arose as Mr Elwartowski claimed 'the home is outside of Thailand’s territorial waters', but Thai authorities seem to disagree




The “First Seasteaders”, American bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski and his girlfriend Nadia Supranee Thepdet, may face the death penalty after defying Thailand’s sovereignty by building a ‘sea home’ 12 miles off the coast of Phuket.

Mr Elwartowski was a proponent of ‘seasteads’ - platformed homes in the sea which Mr Elwartowski claims do not fall under the sovereignty of any country.

This dispute arose as he claimed “the home is outside of Thailand’s territorial waters”, but Thai authorities seem to disagree.

Colonel Kataporn Kumthieng, who serves as chief of Phuket’s immigration office, said: “By claiming they own a floating house and using social media tried to sell this kind of house, also they claimed that their house is not under any country’s sovereignty, which is not true. And this could cause other people to misunderstand and it is threatening our national security.”

Under the nation’s Immigration Act, the couple may face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Mr Elwartowski said that he and Ms Thepdet are safe in a Facebook post on 16 April.

He noted he was unsure if his sea home was still standing, adding “I’m more concerned about Nadia being driven from her home country and her family. Her son is worried. I hope they can be reunited [someday] soon.”

The pair have gone into hiding since the revocation of Mr Elwartowski’s visa and authorities are unsure if they’re still in Thailand or its surrounding waters.

The Independent

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This from the Bangkok Post.  It is already back in port.  https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1665172/navy-begins-removal-of-floating-threat-to-thai-sovereignty#cxrecs_s

The 3rd Naval Area responsible for the resort island deployed three ships in the mission. HTMS Sriracha, a large patrol ship, served as the command centre while HTMS Mun Nai, a landing craft utility, carried the octagonal fibreglass residential part of the seastead to Phuket Deep Sea Port on Monday evening

I don't think there will be any death penalty, just deportation. 
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

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I don't think there will be any death penalty, just deportation. 

Crowdfunding Insider made some statements about the whole affair and especially about current political circumstances in Thailand, that might make them act harsher, maybe not to death, but severe.  Phuket Deputy Governor Supoj Rodruang Na Nong Khai  has been paraphrased as stating, in effect: “An investigation found that the man had run a Bitcoin trading business and wanted to set up an independent nation by exploiting legal loopholes.”

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It is a sensitive issue in SE Asia due to the Chinese building artificial islands on top of submerged reefs in the South China Sea.  If they let the seastead remain there would probably be thousands more crop up inhabited by Somali pirates and other undesirables.
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