UK Press: Daily Mirror
Madonna flies out of Malawi

Madonna appeals adoption bid rejection

Madonna on Friday filed a notice to appeal a failed bid to adopt a second child from Malawi, after the High Court warned that the case could open the door to trafficking in children.
Hearings on the appeal are expected to start next week after the court on Friday turned down the US pop diva's request to adopt a three-year-girl who would have become a sibling to another adopted Malawian toddler.
'I have filed a notice of appeal,' her lawyer Alan Chinula told AFP.
The appeal notice was filed on Friday after Madonna, 50, was briefed about the outcome of the adoption application, Chinula said.
Madonna did not attend the earlier closed-door court hearing where Judge Esmie Chondo addressed concerns among rights groups that Malawi's courts could inadvertently expose the nation's children to the threat of human traffickers.
'I must confess that there's a gripping temptation to throw caution to the wind and grant an adoption in the hope that there will be a difference in the life of just one child,' Chondo said.
'By removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children, the courts by their pronouncements could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals,' she added.
'I must have to decline to grant the application to Madonna,' Chondo said.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


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