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Immigration police question ‘seasteader’

By The Nation

 

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Immigration police have questioned an American bitcoin investor who set up a floating “seasteading” structure off the coast of Phuket and is facing criminal charges related to the waterborne homestead, Deputy national police spokesman Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said on Friday.

 

However, he declined to elaborate.

 

Chad Andrew Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend, Suprenee Thepdet (aka Nadia Summergirl), launched their seastead project on February 2 off the coast of Phuket. 

 

The floating structure is located to the south east of Koh Racha Yai, approximately 12 nautical miles from the mainland.

 

The Royal Thai Navy and Phuket Maritime personnel boarded the structure on Sunday, saying that it violates the law and poses a navigational hazard.

 

Elwartowski posted on his Facebook on Tuesday that he and his partner were in hiding and feared for their lives, as they were being hunted down by the authorities. He later deleted the post.

 

On Wednesday, Immigration police revoked his visa and put him on a blacklist following the legal suit.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367967

 

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Posted (edited)

USA vs France

 

http://www.thaipbsworld.com/prawit-orders-action-against-seasteading-settlement-off-phuket/

 

Prawit orders action against seasteading settlement off Phuket

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Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered the Royal Thai Navy and security agencies to take action against the planned seasteading settlement on the high seas off Phuket in accordance with international standards of practice and to ensure the protection of Thai natural resources.

Frenchman Chad Andrew Elwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs.Nadia Summergirl, had erected a floating housing unit as part of his ambitious plan to build a sovereign seasteading settlement on the high seas about 22.2 km from Phuket’s Racha Island.

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US Embassy helps citizen threatened with death penalty over ‘seastead’ off Phuket

By The Nation

 

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The United States Embassy in Bangkok is providing assistance to its citizen who was accused of violating Thailand’s sovereignty by building a “seasteading” structure off the coast of Phuket.

 

The US Embassy is aware of the reports that Thai authorities have charged US citizen Chad Elwartowski, said Robert Post, US Embassy Public Affairs Officer, on Friday.

 

“The Embassy is providing all appropriate assistance and understands Elwartowski has engaged an attorney,” Post told The Nation.

 

Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend, Suprenee Thepdet (aka Nadia Summergirl), launched their seastead project on February 2 off the coast of Phuket. 

 

The floating structure is located to the southeast of Koh Racha Yai, approximately 12 nautical miles from the mainland.

 

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 and said that it violated criminal law and posed a navigational hazard. 

 

Meanwhile, Phuket deputy governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai was preparing information to present to the embassy if it required a further explanation. 

 

While Elwartowski has claimed that his waterborne homestead is outside Thailand’s maritime boundaries, Thai authorities have insisted they its existence violated Article 119 of the Criminal Code because Thailand’s territorial rights were disturbed. 

 

According to the Siam Legal international law firm, “Section 119: Intent to cause injury to the nation” states that, “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.”

 

Authorities were eligible to persecute the group of people as the structure was within the Kingdom’s territory, Supoj said. 

 

“The harm was done because they had sent an invitation seeking people to set up [additional] structures and so far 14 people [have shown an] interest to join,” he explained.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30367972

 

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34 minutes ago, MeePeeMai said:

Either that or he fled to Burma or Malaysia and he has been question there (but I doubt it).  Wish we had more facts.

Yes I find it odd, I would think maybe they have questioned him on phone or via the US embassy ? 

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instead of making wais and asking for forgiveness for not understanding the law, he has chosen to try and make an incident out of it. Even if he 'won' in some international court (after many years) he will be blacklisted by immigration which would break off his access to his seastead. Not a very rational or thought out plan (but the seastead isn't either, and neither is 'investing' in bitcoins).

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1 hour ago, balo said:

Yes I find it odd, I would think maybe they have questioned him on phone or via the US embassy ? 

Yea I guess it's possible that he ran the gauntlet and made it to the US Embassy in BKK.  If he did then he is one brave fellow (or one stupid fellow depending on how you view him).

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32 minutes ago, observer90210 said:

How about questionning those who built the structure ? Doubt that the guy, as smart as he may be (or not be) did it himself ?

They already did, if you were reading information from a authoritative Journal you will also know that there is no 'his' as the dude was just a tenant that has been at the place for just a couple of weeks with the wife for make a advertisement video and all the informations are in the OCEAN BUILDERS WEBSITE

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