Eight medical staff will stand trial for manslaughter after being charged with criminal negligence in the death of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.
Maradona – considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers of all time – died of a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires in November 2020, aged 60.
A few days after his death, prosecutors launched an investigation into the staff responsible for his 24-hour care during the period when Maradona was recovering from surgery.
Among the accused are Maradona’s neurosurgeon and personal physician Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, psychologist Carlos Diaz, two other doctors, two nurses and his boss. All denied responsibility for his death.
Luque performed brain surgery on Maradona to remove a blood clot less than two weeks before his death.
During a press conference days after the star’s death, Luque cried as he insisted that he did everything in his power to save his friend.
The ruling said all eight employees are charged with “simple murder”, a serious charge that means taking life with intent.
A medical board investigating the star’s death concluded that her medical staff acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless” manner.
The crime can carry from eight to 25 years in prison in Argentina. There is no date for the trial yet.
Mario Baudry, a lawyer for one of Maradona’s sons, said the World Cup winner was “in a state of helplessness” at the time of his death.
“As soon as I saw the cause, I said it was homicide. I fought for a long time and here we are, with this stage completed,” he said.
Maradona’s autopsy said he died of natural causes, but authorities launched an investigation into the case after pressure from the star’s family.
Maradona’s death sparked national mourning in Argentina as well as fans of the game around the world.
Maradona led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous “Hand of God” goal against England in the quarter-finals – renowned for being one of the best goals in the world.
At the end of his brilliant career on the football field, Maradona suffered from a strong addiction to cocaine.
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