Judge to rule on Madonna adoption challenge

A judge will rule today on whether human rights groups in Malawi can challenge Madonna over her adoption of baby David Banda.

A judge will rule today on whether human rights groups in Malawi can challenge Madonna over her adoption of baby David Banda.

A coalition of 67 organisations claims that “bending of laws and fast-tracking” allowed the pop queen to adopt the toddler.

A first hearing was adjourned last week at Malawi’s High Court in Lilongwe. Today, the judge is due to rule on whether to allow the legal challenge.

The human rights groups claim Madonna used her wealth to bypass the usual laws which state adoptive parents must live in the south-eastern African country for 18 months, a claim she strongly denies.

The singer and her husband Guy Ritchie were granted an interim order on October 12 allowing them temporary custody of David.

The little boy was then granted a passport and flown to Madonna’s London home.

David’s father, peasant farmer Yohane Banda, has claimed he did not know the singer would be taking his son “for good”.

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