Update: Madonna's adoption of David Banda approved


Update: The adoption was approved earlier today in Malawi. A lawyer for Madonna told the press,

Finally the court has granted Madonna full adoption rights of the boy … It’s all over, thank God.

Update May 15th: Reuters is reporting that today’s hearing has been postponed, after a Malawian governmental agency issued a report which expressed concerns about the legality of the adoption. The Human Rights Commission (HRC) specifically cited laws that require an adoptive parent to live in Malawi for at least 18-months in order to be considered a resident, and residency is a prerequisite to a legalized adoption in the tiny African nation. Other issues are raised in the document, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

In a statement, an attorney for Madonna told the news service that he is "confident that the adoption will go through because my client has met all the requirements and the government is satisfied that she qualifies."

Contrary to earlier reports, Madonna did not travel to Malawi for today’s planned hearing. It is not yet known when Malawi’s High Court will issue a final decision in the case.

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Originally posted May 12th: The biological father of David Banda, the 2 ½-year-old Malawian toddler who has been living with Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie since 2006, says he will not stand in the way of his son’s adoption. In an interview with Reuters Television, Yohane Bandasaid that while he gives David’s would-be adoptive parents his blessing– he’d still like to have occasional visits with his son, on his homesoil of Malawi.

We had agreed initiallythat when the child is taken, she should bring him at least once inevery three to four years so that we should see how he is developing… [But] I have no problem with the government’s recommendation toallow Madonna to get the child. This is what I wanted, that Madonnashould keep the child.

In seeming agreement is the Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), which had been a vocal opponent of David’s adoption. Udule Mwakasungura, HRCC Chariman, said that pursuing the case would be "a waste of time and resources."

Madonna is expected in Malawi tomorrow, in anticipation of a hearingon Thursday that will formalize the adoption. Although it is unclear atthis time whether David will accompany her on the trip, Yohane said heis hopeful for a meeting, telling Reuters "if she comes with the child … we expect to be told that the child is here and we are allowed to see him."

Source: Reuters; AFP; Photo by Splash News

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