Thai navy boards American fugitive’s sea-floating home
An American fugitive in hot water with Thailand’s government had his sea home raided. On Saturday, the Thai navy boarded the floating home in the Andaman Sea of Michigan bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend, Nadia Supranee Thepdet, members of the burgeoning seasteading movement.
While Elwartowski claims the octagonal podlike abode, situated atop a platform, is located in international waters under the governance of no nation, the Thai government claims the structure is located within its 200-mile economic zone, reported Reuters.
Now the couple faces a potential punishment of death if convicted for the offense of violating Thai sovereignty for residing in the home 14 nautical miles off the coast of the island of Phuket.
“I was free for a moment. Probably the freest person in the world,” Elwartowski posted on his Facebook page on April 13, a week before the Thai navy raided his home.
Elwartowski, who was not at the home during the raid, previously had his visa revoked. Although his location is unknown, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok claimed he’s receiving assistance and has secured a lawyer.
Elwartoski, 46, and Supranee, reportedly fled the home after a surveillance plane flew over it the previous day.
The Royal Thai Navy task force was planning to tow the cabin back to the mainland, but feared it might accidentally destroy it during the long haul.
Still, Elwartowski is just grateful not to have been apprehended yet.
“As long as Nadia and I are able to live through this that is all that matters to us right now,” he wrote on Facebook last week. “We just want to live.”
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