A legal challenge to Madonna’s adoption case in Malawi has been adjourned until next week, the BBC reports.
At issue is whether a coalition of 67 human rights groups – who claim Malawian law forbids adoption by foreigners – have a right to a say in Madonna’s efforts to adopt one-year-old David Banda.
“Basically what we are asking the court is that we want to be joined as a party to the assessment because we have a lot of legal issues we want to raise,” Justin Dzonzi of the coalition told reporters after Monday’s 90-minute court hearing in Malawi.
Dzonzi called the African country’s current adoption laws archaic and said they should be clarified to prevent child trafficking, according to the BBC.
Alan Chinula, an attorney for Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie, told reporters, “My clients followed all legal channels; if the laws are archaic, it’s not the Ritchies’ fault.”
Baby David’s father, Yohane Banda, has said he supports Madonna and the adoption: “Nothing can make me change my mind because we hear my son has been in school, a school in London. That is what we wish for him and the family.”
Lashing out at those who have tried to halt her adoption of David, Madonna – who denied receiving special treatment in the courts because of her celebrity status – told last week’s Time magazine that she considered giving up her fight for his custody.
“Every day I thought, ‘Okay, forget it. We’ll find a family here (in Malawi) to look after him,’ ” she said. “I just (kept) thinking, ‘Oh god, I don’t want to get too attached, because what if it doesn’t happen?’ ”