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Sea-home pioneer’s visa cancelled

By The Nation

 

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An American bitcoin investor who set up a floating “seasteading” structure off the coast of Phuket has had his visa revoked and he was put on a blacklist after the Thai Navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a waterborne homestead.

 

Chad Andrew Elwartowski, an early bitcoin adopter, and his Thai girlfriend, Suprenee Thepdet (also known as Nadia Summergirl), launched their seastead project on February 2 off the southeast coast of Phuket.

 

The couple are facing charges of threatening the kingdom's independence after the Royal Thai Navy and Phuket Maritime personnel boarded the structure on Sunday, saying it violates criminal law and posed a navigational hazard.  

 

Phuket Immigration Chief Lt Col Kathatorn Kumthieng said on Wednesday that his office had revoked Elwartowski’s 90-day, non-immigrant visa after he was deemed to be a threat to Thai society, Thai citizens and the national security under Article 12 of immigration law.   

 

Elwartowski was also declared a persona non grata, Kathathorn said. 

 

After his visa is revoked, Elwartowski can no longer legally stay in Thailand and has to report to the police, said Kathatorn.

 

The 90-day-visa is issued to foreigners who wish to enter Thailand for study, business, investment, retirement and other purposes. 

 

Kathatorn said the American entered Thailand late last year and lived with his Thai girlfriend in Phuket.   

 

However, the police are unable to locate him and there was no information that he had left the country so the police are looking for him across various provinces. 

 

Elwartowski posted on Facebook yesterday that they are in hiding and safe.

 

He claims that his home is outside Thailand’s maritime boundaries. 

 

According to the Siam Legal international law firm, “Section 119: Intent to cause injury to the nation” states: “Whoever does any act with intent to cause the country or any part thereof to descend under the sovereignty of any foreign state, or to deteriorate the independence of the state, shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life.”

 

So far, the authorities have not demolished the seastead home as they are still studying the floating home’s legal status.

 

Phuket province set up a working panel to follow the legal issues.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30367861

 

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1 minute ago, snoop1130 said:

he was deemed to be a threat to Thai society, Thai citizens and the national security 

 

If one guy in a floating shed is a threat, they gonna need more than a couple submarines to protect their coastline !! 

What a load of sh ite 

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"Elwartowski posted on Facebook yesterday that they are in hiding and safe."

 

Unfortunately, you can run but you cannot hide.  Running seems to be useless today as well.  Good luck to this gentleman, he needs it.

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If only Prayuth had his fleet of submarines. They could have blown this insideous threat to the country's sovereignty out of the water before it even got started. You can't treat these kind of things lightly, or before you know it, every Tom, Dick, and Somchai will start building there own territories in the middle of the ocean somewhere. 

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12 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

Phuket Immigration Chief Lt Col Kathatorn Kumthieng said on Wednesday that his office had revoked Elwartowski’s 90-day, non-immigrant visa after he was deemed to be a threat to Thai society, Thai citizens and the national security under Article 12 of immigration law.   

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16 minutes ago, MeePeeMai said:

"Elwartowski posted on Facebook yesterday that they are in hiding and safe."

 

Unfortunately, you can run but you cannot hide.  Running seems to be useless today as well.  Good luck to this gentleman, he needs it.

 

He'd better be careful...  If they authorities ever catch up with him, he might end up facing a charge of sedition...  After all, they've already pulled one of those out of their hat (or another bodily orifice). So another wouldn't be so tough.

 

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It seems that people will rush to the defense of every loonie and crackpot who comes up against Thai law.  Try building a structure 12 miles off the coast of your own country, yet alone a foreign one, declare it an independent state, and see what happens.  

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Amerian claimed his sea home as on international waters.

This is in fact leaving Thai space.

Without a re-entry permit, his visa was void once he left.

Did he come back on shore, he was illegal as no new stamp of arrival

was made.

 

IF the seahome was on waters, then the authority would take him on

other reasons, failing of the TM28 and 30 for example.

 

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If you live, and really was acknowledge as such, on international water.

Then he had to have a boat, and enter Thailand soil on the port and pass customs here.

 

His girlfriend can 'swim' to the nearest beach.  And come back with shopping.

But no tax refundable, only for foreigners 555

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31 minutes ago, ballpoint said:

It seems that people will rush to the defense of every loonie and crackpot who comes up against Thai law.  Try building a structure 12 miles off the coast of your own country, yet alone a foreign one, declare it an independent state, and see what happens.  

He never had the intention of "declaring it an independent state".

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14 minutes ago, kandi said:

He never had the intention of "declaring it an independent state".

 

He may not have, but the folks behind the project certainly did...

 

https://ocean.builders/official-statement-about-the-sinking-of-the-first-seastead/

 

https://reason.com/2019/03/01/first-seastead-in-international-waters-n

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I guess it just goes to show how much good it did getting the "go ahead, mai pen rai" approval from an attorney in Bangkok (prior to setting up and manning this deathtrap on the high seas).

 

If I was him, I would have considered trying something like this off the coast of my own country (USA) vs testing the Thai authorities' patience and eventual heavy handed response.

 

The word "foolish" comes to mind.

 

 

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4 hours ago, impulse said:

But the article states that he's behind the project which he got banned for. He's not.

 

This article is full of crap.

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