American pop icon Madonna proved that being rich and famous can get you anything, even a child, as Malawi's highest court overturned on Friday a lower court's ruling that prevented the adoption.
The Supreme Cout granted the Material Girl the right to adopt a second child from an orphanage in the poor southern African nation two months after a lower court blocked the adoption bid.
The lower court ruled the pop icon failed to meet an 18-month residency requirement but the high court allowed Madonna to adopt a four-year-old girl because "foreign parents" could better care for the child, the court's chief justice said.
"In our view, Chifundo James is better taken care of by being adopted by foreign parents who will give her love and affection," Supreme court Chief Justice Lovemore Munro said in the 90-minute audience.
Munro said Madonna was financially stable and could care for the three-year-old, whose name means "Mercy."
"We therefore grant the adoption," he said.
Rights groups have accused Malawian authorities of giving the singer special treatment and Malawi's government came under fire when Madonna adopted a 13-month-old Malawian boy.
Malawian civil society groups have also opposed the adoption of orphans by foreigners and a local human rights activist said it would amount to child trafficking.