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Angelina Jolie and Madonna
January 8, 2007

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's recent vacation stands in stark contrast to the impoverished third-world countries they've been championing of late.

The power couple reportedly arrived at the 170-acre Caneel Bay resort in the Caribbean "with 97 pieces of luggage and a whole entourage," a source told the New York Post.

Angelina, Brad, the kids, nannies, and staff were apparently ensconced in a five-bedroom, $8,000-a-night beachfront villa that was once the private get away of Laurance Rockefeller, the developer of the Virgin Islands destination.

Now Jolie is blasting Madonna for what she calls an illegal adoption.

In an interview with Gala, a French magazine, Jolie said, "Madonna knew the situation in Malawi, where he [Baby David] was born. It's a country where there is no real legal framework for adoption."

The "Tomb Raider" star added, "Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law. I would never take a child away from a place where adoption is illegal."

Meanwhile suspicions surrounding the Malawian baby adoption of Madonna are being fueled further by reports that a government official who was working for the ministry that handled the case is now living and going to school in Britain on the pop singer's dime.

Four months before she was granted temporary custody of Baby David, according to the London Daily Mail, Madonna reportedly committed to pay for Willard Manjolo's living expenses and tuition fees, which were thought to be about 39,000 U.S. dollars.

Manjolo started college at Swansea University a month before Madonna left Malawi with her new baby boy.

Justin Dzodzi, a prominent attorney in the impoverished African nation, has gone on record as saying that Madonna's financial support of Manjolo "could be construed as payment for the adoption."

Dzodzi is among those who seek to challenge the adoption in court. Purportedly, he fully intends to bring these new facts to the attention of the Malawian judges.

"The entire circumstances surrounding the case need to be re-examined and this latest disclosure is something we would wish to bring before the courts," Dzodzi said.

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As for Manjolo, he claims that he was not involved in the adoption process and has never met the singer.

"It is unfortunate if people use their wealth to manipulate events, but I don't think it happened in this case. Her application was considered on merit," Manjolo said.

Personally I've been wondering who the public is going to side with —the pop royal or the African queen.

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