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17/10/06
Madonna and Child Together in London
- Infant taken from Malawi to Marble Arch

Madonna and Child Together in LondonDAVID BANDA, the baby boy being adopted by Madonna, has been delivered to the singer's home.

Madonna's aides were seen carrying the 13-month-old boy, covered by a blanket, through Heathrow airport, after a flight from Johannesburg. A waiting car then drove David to Madonna’s house near Marble Arch.

Malawi's Human Rights Consultative Committee had tried to block the adoption plans yesterday, claiming the singer had not adhered to the country's strict inter-country adoption laws.

However, it has been reported that the custody process could have been fast-tracked for the wealthy celebrity allowing her to side-step strict regulations.

Malawian law prohibits adoptions by non-residents, but officials have granted an exemption for the 48-year-old pop superstar. Boniface Mandere - a spokesman for Eye of the Child, a leading children's rights group in Malawi - fumed: "The government haven't followed the law. What has happened is a shortcut."

Last week, Malawi's High Court granted Madonna and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, an interim order allowing them to take custody of the child. However, Madonna and Guy were forced to leave the Southern African country last Friday (13.10.06) without David, who did not have a passport.

David's mother, Marita, died a month after the child was born. Since then he had been living in the Home of Hope Orphan Care Centre in Mchinji, a village close to the borders with Zambia.



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