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US bitcoin trader could face death penalty over Thai 'seastead'

An American bitcoin trader and his girlfriend could face the death penalty after they were accused of threatening Thailand's sovereignty by building and living in a "sea home" off the coast of Phuket.

Chad Elwartowski and his partner Nadia Supranee Thepdet have fled their home, built atop a platform around 12 miles off the coast of Phuket, and gone into hiding after authorities revoked the American's visa.

He had promoted "seasteads" on social media and claimed his home did not fall under the sovereignty of any country, which Thai authorities have said is untrue. He repeated the claim on Thursday, writing the home is "outside of Thailand territorial waters."
Thailand's navy has said the pair are threatening the country's sovereignty. "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," said Colonel Kataporn Kumthieng, the chief of Phuket's Immigration office.

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Re: US bitcoin trader could face death penalty over Thai 'seastead'
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2019, 09:50:27 AM »
Thailand is a weird one. You can still be jailed for saying bad things about the monarch or government. In fact it could be reasoned that I would never be safe in Thailand being that I am an anarchist. I'd keep quiet and likely be fine. But it's a pretty dumb area to claim the government has no control over you.