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WorldBitcoin couple face death penalty in Thailand for 'seastead' floating home in international waters

17:41  18 april  2019
17:41  18 april  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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American Bitcoin investor goes into hiding after being told he faces the death penalty in Thailand for The couple allegedly built the platform in international waters with the intent of setting up a The Thai navy claims their ' seastead ' is 12 nautical miles from the shore but Elwartowski said it was

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A bitcoin investor couple is on the run and facing the death penalty after Thai authorities alleged their life on the open seas was a threat to national sovereignty.

Bitcoin couple face death penalty in Thailand for 'seastead' floating home in international waters© Royal Thai Navy The Royal Thai Navy allege the floating home off Phuket island is a threat to national sovereignty. United States citizen Chad Andrew Elwartowski and Thai national Supranee Thepdet, who goes by the English name Nadia Summergirl, had been living part-time in a small structure anchored outside Thailand's territorial waters, about 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from Phuket's shore.

But the couple fled ahead of Thai authorities raiding their floating platform home in the Andaman Sea, where the couple sought to pioneer the "seasteading" movement.

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An American bitcoin entrepreneur could be facing the death penalty after Thailand ’s navy accused him of violating the country’s sovereignty by building a “sea home ’’ off the coast of Phuket. In April, a call was put out for investors to help build another 20 floating seastead homes in the Andaman sea

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But Thailand's navy claims the couple endangered national sovereignty, an offence punishable by life imprisonment or death.

The police complaint alleged the couple breached section 119 of the Thai criminal code, which refers to the intent to impact the sovereignty or deteriorate the independence of the state.

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The couple moved into the first off-shore house by seasteading company Ocean Builders earlier this year. Their new home was located atop an oil rig-like structure 12 miles off the Thai coast, technically in international waters —but Thailand says they Story is a bit wacky but fucking death penalty ?

Now he’s living in a private seastead in international waters along with Thai native Summergirl, who says in the video that she was tired after 10 years of seeing seasteading remain just I want to make it happen here in Thailand .” The team surrounding the project were early adopters of bitcoin , and

"The complaint has been filed against them for breaching Section 119 of the Criminal Code as there is evidence showing that they have publicly invited people on social media to stay at the site, which is adjacent to our territorial waters … we have laws to deal with this. It affects our sovereignty," said the Third Naval Area commander, according to the Bangkok Post.

"This is ridiculous. We lived on a floating house boat for a few weeks and now Thailand wants us killed," Mr Elwartowski wrote on Facebook.

Bitcoin couple face death penalty in Thailand for 'seastead' floating home in international waters© Facebook: The Seasteading Institute Supranee Thepdet, left, and Chad Elwartowski sought to be pioneers of the seasteading movement, which promotes living in international waters free of any nation's laws. Ocean Builders, which is connected to the seasteading movement, said in a statement that "Chad and Nadia are safe for now but understand that Thailand is currently being run by a military dictator".

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BANGKOK (AFP) - An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand 's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a " seastead " home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of "freedom".

The couple , reported wealthy American Bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski and his wife, Supranee Thepdet, are in hot water after the Third Naval The complaint accuses them of setting up a floating living platform 12 nautical miles off the coast of Phuket, Thailand , a practice known as Seasteading .

The statement claimed a fair trial for the duo was unlikely.

"We hope this issue can be resolved diplomatically with the Thai government and are ready to talk to anyone in charge at any time," Ocean Builders said.

"We have tried several times to talk to anyone but were always told that we have nothing to worry about because we are legally in international waters."

Mr Elwartowski and Ocean Builders said the couple were not involved in the building or construction of the sea home.

Videos posted to YouTube show the couple being involved in erecting a spar in the ocean and towing the platform home out to sea.

Mr Elwartowski told Reason magazine earlier this year that "the team surrounding the project were early adopters of bitcoin", and had spent some $150,000 on the project.

According to the BBC, he reportedly worked as a software engineer for the US military before investing in the cryptocurrency.

The Thai navy was set to dismantle and sink the structure, according to the Bangkok Post, but Ocean Builders said a signal picked up from the platform indicated it still stood.

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A wealthy Bitcoin trader now faces the death penalty after trying to build a seastead in Thailand . | Source: Shutterstock. The charge is dangerous, and a police official told the Bangkok Post that the structure would be torn down before long.

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"Whether it is still there or not does not matter much to me," Mr Elwartowski said in a separate Facebook post.

"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 some day soon.

"The person(s) who funded the seastead are concerned about losing the seastead but Nadia and I were just tenants."

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