Madonna has said she accepts the recent ruling that a judicial review can take place of her interim adoption order of a 14-month-old Malawian boy.

The singer and her husband, the movie producer Guy Ritchie, were granted the order for David Banda in October.

But human rights groups claimed that the correct procedures had not been followed and that her wealth meant she could fast track the procedures.

Earlier this week, a judge in Malawi ruled that a judicial review could go ahead after the appeal by the Malawi Human Rights Consultative Committee (MHRCC), an alliance of 67 activist groups.

"The Ritchies called me from London and I explained to them the ruling They have no problem with the ruling and are also willing to sit back and wait," their solicitor told the Associated Press (AP).

Madonna has previously denied the claims that procedures were altered because of her wealth and status, telling the BBC Newsnight television programme earlier this month: "I can assure you that I was not given any special treatment."

David Banda's father, Yohane, has expressed his approval of the singer looking after his son.

"In Malawi, there are too many underprivileged children, most of them orphans. I appeal to rich people with Madonna's kind heart to come and adopt these children," he told the AP.

01/12/2006 14:05:23