Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Court set May 4 for Madonna adoption hearing

Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal in the capital city Lilongwe will sit on May 4, 2009 to hear the appeal case which Madonna’s lawyers launched following Judge Esme Chombo’s ruling rejecting Madonna’s adoption bid.

Madonna, on April 3 got the shock of her life when Chombo denied her to adopt a three year old Mercy Chifundo James after she had already stayed with the girl for four days. Madonna left the country after failing to get Mercy but said instructed her lawyer Allan Chinula to appeal the judgement.

High court registrar Joseph Chigona confirmed the new dates.

But Chigona refused to disclose Chinula’s grounds for appeal saying that it could be pre-empting the case itself.

In her ruling Chombo said Madonna could not adopt Mercy because [Madonna] did not fulfil the requirement in the Adoptions of Children Act of 18 months residence and foster care.

Having said all this then, at the end of the day I must decline to grant the application for the adoption of the infant CJ,” read part of Chombo’s judgement made in chambers this 3rd day of April 2009

NGO’s in Malawi have been fighting the adoption bid and hailed Chombo’s judgement.

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