Apr 20, · 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 . Apr 19, · Friday 19 April The “First Seasteaders”, American bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski and his girlfriend Nadia Supranee Thepdet, may . May 02, · Chad Elwartowski, a Michigan native, and his girlfriend, who is Thai and goes by the English name Nadia Summergirl, had been on the vanguard of Author: John D'anna.
Bitcoin trader and girlfriend on the runThai 'seastead': US bitcoin trader and girlfriend could face death penalty - CNN
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.
Dog found swimming miles off the coast of Thailand. The couple could face life imprisonment or the death penalty under the country's Immigration Act, but authorities told CNN they are unaware if the pair are still in the country or its waters. 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. Read More. In an earlier post, he said the pair did not design or construct the home but worked with the company that did.
We just want to live," he wrote. Thailand's navy has said the pair are threatening the country's sovereignty. 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. Thai authorities have revoked the visa of American citizen Chad Elwartowski and have charged him and his partner, Supranee Thepdet, with violating Thai sovereignty by raising a small cabin on top of a weighted spar 14 nautical miles off the west-coast of the Thai island of Phuket — a popular holiday destination.
The cabin has been promoted as "the world's first seastead" by the group Ocean Builders, part of a movement in tech and libertarian circles to build floating communities beyond the bounds of nations as a way to explore alternative societies and governments.
Probably the freest person in the world," Elwartowski posted on his Facebook on April 13, days before the Thai navy raided his floating home. Elwartowski, 46, and Supranee, whose Facebook page describes her as a "Bitcoin expert, Trader, Chef, seastead Pioneer," apparently fled after a surveillance plane flew over the cabin the previous day. The Royal Thai Navy task force had planned on Saturday to seize the structure and tow it back to shore for use as evidence, but by the afternoon it was still studying how to move it without destroying it, the navy said.
In a video posted last month detailing the raising of the floating home, Elwartowski said 20 more similar houses would be up for sale to form a community. We will likely take a break for a while once Thailand hopefully drops the charges. Nadia really wants to get back to her son and family, she misses them a lot. In a Facebook post over the weekend, Elwartowski said he and Summergirl have been "avoiding social media to avoid making any mistakes that may reveal our location.
He went to to say that, "when this all started I was quite disheartened. I never wanted an ordinary life, I wanted to be different, to be extraordinary.
But when the response to my extraordinary life was a death sentence I felt that perhaps there was no place in this world for thinking differently, perhaps I should resign myself to an ordinary life and just go with the flow.