Madonna, husband get full adoption of Malawi boy

May 28th, 2008 - 11:36 pm ICT by admin  

Lilongwe (Malawi), May 28 (DPA) US pop star Madonna and her husband British filmmaker Guy Ritchie were granted the right to permanently adopt toddler David Banda by a court in his native Malawi Wednesday. “All I can say is that the adoption has been given. Madonna can go ahead and adopt the child,” the couple’s lawyer Allan Chinula told DPA following the ruling by the High Court in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe.

Neither the 49-year-old star nor Ritchie was not in court for the ruling, which came as little surprise following recommendations by Malawi’s government that they be allowed permanently adopt the boy.

The couple obtained custody of David, then 13 months, in October 2006 under an 18-month interim adoption order.

The court ordered Wednesday that they be allowed firm up the adoption after receiving a favourable report from the Ministry of Women and Child Development on their care of the infant at their London home over the past 19 months.

The government had bypassed its own laws banning adoptions by non-residents in granting the couple custody of David, who was given up for adoption by his father on the death of his mother.

Two Malawian rights groups had opposed the government’s breach of procedure but have since withdrawn their objections.

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