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Madonna's adoption case approved

A court has approved pop star Madonna's application to adopt a three-year-old Malawian boy, her lawyer has said.
'We are very happy with what the judge has ruled,' Alan Chinula told reporters outside the courthouse in Malawi's capital Lilongwe.
The 49-year-old singer began adoption proceedings for David Banda back in October 2006.
She was granted a temporary custody order after choosing David from an orphanage when he was 13 months old.
'It is a positive and beautiful judgment that will have an impact on Malawi's adoption laws,' Chinula said.
'Finally the court has granted Madonna full adoption rights of the boy - it's a long judgement but I am quite happy with it.'
Madonna was not in court for the ruling.
David was put in the orphanage by his father, Yohane, after his mother died of an Aids-related illness when he was a month old.
His father said he believed he could not care for him alone, and that placing him in an orphanage was the best way to ensure his survival.
The adoption has been controversial, with critics accusing the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children in Malawi, which has been badly hit by an Aids epidemic that has left more than 1 million orphans.
Chinula said he hoped the 'well-researched judgement' would help bring clarity in similar cases in the future.

From BBC News

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Andrew Filipe

Finally, they can move on from this long process. And I'm happy Madonna, David and their family got the decision they deserve.

Dennis

Congratulations M!!! Now if you would only adopt me! Ha!

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