Seven people have been placed under formal investigation for manslaughter in Argentina over the November death of footballing legend Diego Maradona, AFP has learned from a judicial source.
The defendants-including Maradona neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz-could face eight to 25 years in prison.
A source in the Office of the Attorney General of San Isidro said that the indictment was based on the findings of an expert committee’s investigation into Maradona’s death from a heart attack at the age of 60 last year. The Office of the Attorney General of San Isidro said on Wednesday.
That report concluded that the footballing icon received inadequate medical care and was left to his fate for a “prolonged, agonizing period” before his death, which came just weeks after he underwent brain surgery on a blood clot.
“After so many injustices, the case has come full circle,” the source told AFP.
The accused are prohibited from leaving the country and will be questioned by investigators between May 31 and June 14.
The legal proceedings were prompted by a complaint filed by two of Maradona’s five daughters against Luque, who they blamed for their father’s deteriorating condition after the brain surgery.
Prosecutors believe Maradona’s death was not the result of malpractice or negligent actions by his doctors, but that they knew the former Barcelona and Napoli star would die and did nothing to prevent it.
The prosecutor obtained a series of information and audio that indicated that the medical team was aware that Maradona was using alcohol, psychotropic substances and marijuana in the last few months of his life.
In the report’s conclusion, the medical committee stated that Maradona’s “life-threatening signs” had been ignored, and that his last few weeks of care were “affected by defects and irregularities.”
The condemnation and allegations of Maradona’s death are related to another case involving his disputed inheritance rights, involving his five children, his brother and former lawyer Matias Mora (Matias Mora). Morla).
Maradona is the idol of millions of Argentines. He inspired South America to win the World Cup for the second time in 1986.