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History: On this day, Courtroom Mail remembers the release of a Lawyer,Nelson Mandela from prison.

On this day in February 1990, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison after 27 years.He will later become the President of South Africa four years later.

A Xhosa by tribe, Mandela was born to the Thembu royal family in Mvezo, British South Africa. He studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Witwatersrand before working as a lawyer in Johannesburg. There he became involved in anti-colonial and African nationalist politics, joining the ANC in 1943 and co-founding its Youth League in 1944. After the National Party’s white-only government established apartheid, a system of racial segregation that privileged whites, he and the ANC committed themselves to its overthrow. Mandela was appointed President of the ANC’s Transvaal branch, rising to prominence for his involvement in the 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People. He was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and was unsuccessfully prosecuted in the 1956 Treason Trial. Influenced by Marxism, he secretly joined the banned South African Communist Party (SACP). Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the SACP he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961 and led a sabotage campaign against the government. In 1962, he was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. Amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of a racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990.

He died on the 5th of December 2013.

NBA Lagos holds a Red Themed meeting on the 12th of Feb-Paul Usoro sponsors again

The knowledge sharing of this month’s meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association,Lagos branch will be on taxation and will be delivered by Mr Moshood Afolabi Olajide.

The meeting which holds tomorrow,12th of February is themed,a red meeting.According to the Social Secretary of the branch,Uche Nwadialor in her communication to Courtroom MAIL,she said the idea of the red theme is to celebrate the season of love. Continue reading NBA Lagos holds a Red Themed meeting on the 12th of Feb-Paul Usoro sponsors again

Photos: A resounding welcome for Paul Usoro by Akwa Ibom Lawyers in Uyo

A cross section of lawyers turned out at the Helemah Event Center in Uyo today in solidarity to Paul Usoro SAN. Lawyers present came from different interest groups cutting across the Nigerian Bar Association,FIDA,Young Lawyers Forum etc.The Attorney General of Akwa Ibom was also present, Continue reading Photos: A resounding welcome for Paul Usoro by Akwa Ibom Lawyers in Uyo

NBA Lagos to attend the service of songs of former treasurer today at Ikoyi

The members of the Nigerian Bar Association,Lagos branch were thrown into grief on the 11th of January 2018 when the news of the demise of a former treasurer filtered in.Rose Agbo was the treasurer of the branch from 2007-2009 and was dedicated to the growth of the bar and the legal profession. Continue reading NBA Lagos to attend the service of songs of former treasurer today at Ikoyi

Solicitor fined £5k for sending ‘disturbing’ internal emails

An in-house lawyer who sent a string of offensive emails to a colleague has been fined £5,000 at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Robert Michael Ashurst admitting sending messages that were described as sexist, racist and homophobic. Ashurst began working as a solicitor for the General Medical Council in 2014, and struck up a friendship with one colleague in particular. Continue reading Solicitor fined £5k for sending ‘disturbing’ internal emails

Turkey’s Broadcasting Watchdog to Monitor Online Content Under Draft Law

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will expand the powers of its radio and television watchdog to include overseeing online content providers, under a draft law submitted to parliament on Thursday which the main opposition party said amounted to digital censorship.
The regulation would allow the RTUK watchdog to halt audio and video material streamed online, social media posts and films offered by Internet-based providers like Netflix if they are deemed a threat to national security or moral values. Continue reading Turkey’s Broadcasting Watchdog to Monitor Online Content Under Draft Law