Buenos Aires (AFP), April 14 – Prosecutors investigating the 2020 death of Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona have asked that the medical staff who treated him be tried for negligent homicide.
In their motion on Wednesday, prosecutors said “omissions” and mismanagement by eight medical professionals in charge of Maradona placed him in a “helpless situation” and abandoned him “to his fate” during his hospitalization at home, according to the court file cited by the official Telam news agency.
Maradona died aged 50 in 2020 while recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot, and after decades of battles with cocaine and alcohol addiction.
Neurosurgeon and family doctor Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are being investigated over his death as the main people responsible for the former football star’s health.
Six others, including psychologist Carlos Diaz and medical coordinator Nancy Forlini, are also charged.
The prosecution charges them with “simple homicide with possible dolus”, an offense in which a person is negligent knowing that his negligence can cause someone’s death.
They could face sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in prison.
According to the prosecutors, the defendants “were the protagonists of an unprecedented, totally deficient and reckless home hospitalization”, and allegedly committed a “series of improvisations, mismanagement and failures”.
The defense must now present its arguments and may request the dismissal.
Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history and led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup.