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Madonna Adoption takes new twist

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Paternity dispute erupts in Madonna adoption case


Monday, 4 May 2009

As Malawi's highest court prepares to decide on Madonna's bid to adopt a three-year-old girl, a dispute has erupted over whether a man trying to stop the proceedings is the child's father.

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal hears the case Monday. A lower court ruled last month that Madonna could not adopt Chifundo "Mercy" James because of requirements that prospective parents be screened in Malawi. The rules were bent when Madonna adopted a son from Malawi last year.

James Kambewa has sought help from the Malawi Law Society to stop the adoption of the girl, who has been in an orphanage since birth.

The brother of the girl's mother, who died shortly after giving birth, told the AP the family does not know Kambewa. Peter Baneti calls Kambewa "an opportunist."


aliĝngix's picture


Huh. New things arise all the time. I can't believe the guys not the father...I see no reason why the family would lie about not knowing him, because how would they benefit from it? What do you think of it?
I can understand wanting to keep a child's culture alive, but to stop then adoption that would lead to a generally rich life after being in the orphanage all her life...
I don't know what the guy's deal is....

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