Madonna appears in Malawi court in adoption bid

Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:54am EDT
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By Mabvuto Banda

LILONGWE (Reuters) - A court in Malawi is expected to rule on Friday whether U.S. pop singer Madonna can adopt a second child from the southern African country, a move likely to be opposed by human rights groups.

Madonna appeared in court on Monday seeking to adopt four-year-old Mercy James. The case was adjourned until April 3.

Critics had accused authorities of giving one of the world's most successful singers special treatment when she adopted her Malawian son David Banda. Malawi civil society groups say they plan to oppose Mercy's adoption.

Madonna, in a black dress and sunglasses, did not speak to reporters after the High Court case was adjourned.

"It has been adjourned to Friday, April 3 for the judge to make her ruling," court registrar Thomson Ligowe told Reuters.

One of Madonna's lawyers said outside the court that she was asking the court to grant her an interim adoption of about 18 months.

Madonna has captivated millions around the world with sexy, high-energy performances and songs like "Material Girl," "Like a Virgin" and "Papa Don't Preach."

The local Nation newspaper has quoted Madonna, 50, as saying Malawian friends had told her David needed a brother or sister.   Continued...

<p>Members of the media chase after a convoy of vehicles carrying Madonna as she leaves the high court in Lilongwe March 30, 2009. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna</p>