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''An American who set up a floating home off the Thailand coast could face the death penalty for violating the country's national sovereignty. Chad Elwartowski, and his Thai partner Supranee Thepdet, had their remote residence in the Andaman Sea, near Phuket, raided by the Royal Thai Navy.

Mr Elwartowski is a pioneer on the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws. However, they were accused by Thailand of an an offence potentially punishable by life imprisonment or death. The couple said the sea-based structure, which they had been living on part-time, was anchored just over 12 miles from the coast, slightly outside Thailand's territorial waters
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/18/us-couple-could-face-death-penalty-bangkok-claims-sea-home-lies/

''A 43-year-old Australian holidaying in Thailand has been stabbed 12 times after trying to protect a woman from a crazed local. Wayne Marks, from New South Wales, was drinking with friends at Monster’s Bar in Khao Lak, southern Thailand, early Thursday morning.

The night out turned violent when 30-year-old Thai man Chanin Innarong pulled up at the bar on his motorcycle. The tattoo artist approached a woman at the bar, who was sitting with Mr Marks, and demanded she take off her top and give it to him
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6939271/Australian-tourist-43-holidaying-Thailand-friends-stabbed-repeatedly-crazed-man.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kevin-smitham-dead-thailand-murder-wife-kanda-thailand-ubon-ratchathani-a8869576.html
« Last Edit: April 19, 2019, 04:31:16 PM by Roger »
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Linking Thailand and "the death penalty" seems to be fashionable at the moment: it is only a week or so since tourists were warned not to take photos of planes landing on Phuket or face the death penalty. Seemingly, it was just hype (and frankly bonkers: professional pilots being distracted by something almost invisible and irrelevant when they are focused on landing a plane?! They have much more important things to attend to, like the runway...). It looks like anything and everything to do with Thailand will involve the words 'death penalty' for the next few months. This guy has made a lot of money in a frankly dubious way and the Thai authorities see an easy way to grab a few $.


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''A British backpacker who was arrested and spent more than a week in a Thai prison after picking up a misplaced mobile phone has returned home. Chris Dodd, 29, from Poole, found the device in the gutter outside the airport in Chiang Mai and said he had intended to hand it in after he got to his hostel.''

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6944559/Traveller-arrested-thrown-hellish-Thai-jail-picking-lost-mobile-phone.html
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