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A U.S. Bitcoin investor who dreamed of a life free of governments now risks losing not just his freedom but also his life.

Michigan native Chad Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend Supranee Thepdet (AKA Nadia Summergirl) have claimed that Thailand wants them killed. Their crime? Living on a seastead (a floating house built on sea) that was put up in international waters.

The bitcoin investor’s floating house was stationed 14 nautical miles off the coast of Thailand. According to the 1982 UN Conventions on the Law of the Sea, ‘every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles’.

Bitcoin Investor now Accused of Establishing a Micro-nation

Though the seastead is two nautical miles away from Thailand’s territorial sea, this has not stopped Thai officials from accusing him of trying to lay claim to the country’s territory.

Fearing for their lives the two are now on the run, according to a Facebook post:

“This is ridiculous. We lived on a floating house boat for a few weeks and now Thailand wants us killed. We had to go underground because our contact warned us before this came out.”

Elwartowski Facebook post

Per the South China Morning Post, by the time Thai authorities arrived at the seastead to arrest them the couple had already fled. The couple has now been charged in absentia under section 119 of the Thai Criminal Code for harming the territorial integrity of the Southeast Asian country. This is a crime punishable by ‘death or imprisonment for life’ as CCN previously reported.

Elwartowski’s Family Just Want him Back Home

On Wednesday Elwartowski’s visa was cancelled by Thai authorities with the seastead also set to be removed. The floating house was built by OceanBuilders and the couple were just tenants.

In an interview with 7 Action News, Chad Elwartowski’s sister (name withheld) said she was sickened by the turn of events declaring that ‘I just want him home’. Elwartowski’s sister also fears for his life:

My greatest fear is that he’s going to end up killed through all this.

Elwartowski’ however’ remains defiant saying that ‘they have a monopoly on land but they don’t have a monopoly on sea’.

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