Adam B. Vary
April 20, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Madonna has filed an appeal against the Malawian court ruling that denied her attempt to adopt a four-year-old girl, Mercy James, from the country, reports Reuters. The pop star’s lawyer, Alan Chinula, told the news agency that the court will hear the appeal on May 4. Madonna, who is already the adoptive mother of a Malawian boy, is not expected to appear.

More on Madonna’s Malawi adoption attempt:
Madonna still wants to ‘provide’ for Malawian little girl
Madonna’s adoption bid rejected by Malawi judge
Madonna’s Malawi adoption ruling pushed to Friday under storm of criticism
Madonna’s new adoption: Malawian court to review her request
Madonna adopting second Malawian child, say officials

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