BUENOS AIRES | Eight health professionals will be tried in Argentina for manslaughter with aggravating circumstances, at the end of the investigation into the death in 2020 at the age of 60 of a heart attack of football legend Diego Maradona, announced Wednesday a judge. /strong>
A San Isidro judge upheld the lawsuit of these professionals, including a neurosurgeon and family physician, a clinical physician, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a nurse manager and orderlies.
The prosecution had requested this trial in April, pointing out shortcomings and negligence in the care of the ex-star.
Maradona died of a cardio-respiratory crisis on November 25, 2020, alone, on his medical bed in a residence in northern Buenos Aires, while recovering from neurosurgery. He suffered from kidney and liver problems, heart failure, neurological deterioration and addiction to alcohol and psychotropic drugs.
The eight suspects will be tried for “simple homicide with dolus eventualis”, a characterized offense when a person commits negligence while knowing that this can result in the death of someone.
They face sentences ranging from 8 to 25 years in prison, but are expected to appear free at trial, as the San Isidro prosecutor's office never requested their pre-trial detention.
According to prosecutors, the personnel responsible for Maradona had been “protagonist of an unprecedented, utterly deficient and reckless hospitalization at home”, and allegedly committed a “series of improvisations, mismanagement and defaults”.
A report by expert, as part of the investigation, had concluded that the former player had been “abandoned to his fate” by his medical team, leading him to a slow agony.
Psychologist, doctor or nurse, the suspects had all during their hearings, defended their actions, within the framework of their field of competence, at the bedside of the champion.
Leopoldo Luque, attending physician and confidant of Maradona appearing among the defendants, s' was said to be “proud of what (he) did”, claiming to have “tried to help” Maradona.
No da te has been brought forward at this stage for the holding of the trial.