Diego Maradona’s doctors to be tried for murder

An Argentine judge ruled on Wednesday that eight doctors involved in the care of soccer player Diego Maradona will face a public trial for criminal negligence.

Neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are among those to be tried for murder, the judge ruled. The trial is not expected to start until late 2023 or early 2024.

Defendants are accused of failing to properly care for Maradona as he was recovering from surgery, which led to his death.

Maradona died at age 60 on November 25, 2020 due to cardiac arrest while recovering at a home outside Buenos Aires from surgery for a blood clot in the brain.

Prosecutors requested in April that Judge Orlando Diaz place those under investigation on public trial.

Maradona’s autopsy said he died of natural causes, but the Argentine judiciary began investigating the case after pressure from Maradona’s family. A medical panel said the performance of the team that cared for the 1986 World Cup winner was inadequate.

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