Eight members of Diego Maradona’s medical team to be tried on homicide charges

Eight people including doctors and nurses who had been caring for Diego Maradona around the time of his death will be tried for homicide, with prosecutors claiming that his death was the result of "omissions".

The judge in charge of the case, in a 236-page document, questioned "the behaviours – active or by omission – of each of the accused which led to and contributed to the realisation of the harmful result".

Argentina's World Cup icon Maradona died at the age of 60 in November of 2020 due to a cardiac arrest, having had an operation on a subdural haematoma a matter of weeks earlier.

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Reuters reports that the eight people, which includes doctors, nurses, and a psychologist have been accused of taking a life with intent, which is called "simple homicide".

That charge carries a prison sentence between eight and 25 years in length.

Back in 2021, a medical team that had been appointed to investigated the death of Maradona said that his care givers had acted in an "inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner".

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However, they have all denied responsibility for the death of Maradona, with some of them requesting for the case to be dismissed, according to the judge.

Named are Maradona's personal doctor and neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychologist Carlos Diaz and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov.

As well as doctors Pedro Di Spagna and Nancy Forlini, nurses Gisella Madrid, and Ricardo Almiron and their boss Mariano Perroni.

An attorney for Cosachov named Vadim Mischanchuk has appealed on behalf of his client, saying that his area of care had no relation to the death.

He said: "A guilty party is being sought at all costs and objectivity is being lost."

Three days of mourning followed the death of the footballing icon before he was taken to his final resting place in a cemetery near Buenos Aires, he had long struggled with his health.


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