Adopted boy's father defends Madonna

The father of the 13-month-old Malawian boy Madonna is trying to adopt today insisted he supports her, and criticised human rights activists who want the courts to review the process.

The father of the 13-month-old Malawian boy Madonna is trying to adopt today insisted he supports her, and criticised human rights activists who want the courts to review the process.

“I am surprised what these guys are up to,” Yohane Banda told journalists outside the Lilongwe courtroom where a hearing on The Human Rights Consultative Committee’s challenge was held today.

“Me and my family agreed with the adoption. I just want these people to leave my son alone.”

The human rights group, a coalition of 67 organisations, has petitioned the court to make sure no Malawian laws were broken in the adoption process, and to make the committee a party to the adoption so it can help assess Madonna’s fitness as a mother.

Judge Andrew Nyirenda held a closed, 90-minute hearing today, and set another hearing for November 13 to allow lawyers additional arguments on why the adoption process should be reviewed and why the committee should be a party.

Alan Chinula, the lawyer for Madonna and her husband said he told the judge today that no laws had been broken.

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