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An American bitcoin trader who built a floating home off the coast of Thailand in an attempt to develop an autonomous seaborne community could face a death sentence, authorities said.
The floating home of Chad Elwartowski and his girlfriend, Supranee Thepdet, was towed ashore by Thai authorities on Monday to be taken apart, and the couple have been accused of violating Thailand's sovereignty, an offense that can carry the death penalty or life in prison, Sky News reported.
Elwartowski's visa has also been revoked, Sky News said.
"The couple announced on social media declaring their autonomy beyond the jurisdiction of any courts or law of any countries, including Thailand," Rear Adm. Vithanarat Kochaseni told reporters, according to Reuters.
He added that authorities "see such action as deteriorating Thailand's independence."
The couple built the floating home — which was about 14 miles off the coast of the island of Phuket — to test the viability of creating a floating community in international waters that would not be subject to the laws of any nation.
originally posted by: DictionaryOfExcuses
a reply to: generik
I wonder if the couple had tourist visas or work visas.
Either way, Thai officials apparently don't tolerate smug foreigners abusing the privilege of entry into their country for the sake of a foolish houseboat nation.
originally posted by: generik
there is likely far more than tourist and work visas. there can be all sorts of different visas available
a visa, since they apparently had a valid one (until the government decided to cancel it), is actually quite irrelevant. all a vis does is allow you to be IN their country. it has nothing at all to do with being outside the country at all. so as long as they did not go into the country a visa is completely irrelevant to the case, since they had no real need to go into the country unless they wanted to.
and in that case all that had to happen is that they be arrested for being illegally in the country, while they were actually inside of it. committing an act of piracy and sending them possibly fleeing into the country from that illegal act should actually completely nullify any charges from being in the country at this point in time (if they are even there).
as for allowing them in the country. that is indeed up to the country in question. yet just because they were camped out (legally) just outside of their country is not at all "abusing the privilege of entry into that country". since of course there is no need for them to actually go into the country unless they wanted to do so.