Malawi court to rule on Madonna adoption bid Friday

Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:35am EDT
 
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By Mabvuto Banda

LILONGWE (Reuters) - A Malawi court is expected to rule on Friday whether U.S. pop singer Madonna can adopt a second infant from the country, a move a prominent local human rights activist said would amount to child trafficking.

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

Critics had accused the government of giving one of the world's most successful singers special treatment when she adopted her Malawian son David Banda, saying it skirted laws that ban non-residents from adopting children.

Malawi civil society groups say they plan to oppose Mercy's adoption, while aid group ActionAid said the move would not help millions of children living in poverty around the world.

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 courtroom that she was asking to be granted an interim adoption of about 18 months.

Malawian human rights activist Mavuto Bamusi was angered by Madonna's latest adoption attempt.   Continued...

 
<p>Madonna arrives at the high court escorted by her bodyguards in Lilongwe March 30, 2009. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna</p>