Prosecutors investigating the 2020 death of soccer legend Diego Maradona on Wednesday called for the medical staff who cared for him to be tried for negligent homicide. Maradona died at the age of 60 from a cardio-respiratory attack, while recovering from neurosurgery.
Prosecutors investigating the 2020 death in Argentina of soccer legend Diego Maradona have asked that the medical staff who treated him be tried for negligent homicide. The request was made on Wednesday by prosecutors who said the “omissions” and mishandling of eight medical professionals in charge of Maradona placed him in a “situation of helplessness”, abandoning him “to his fate” during a “scandalous” home hospitalization, according to the court filing cited by the official Telam news agency.
Maradona died at the age of 60 from a cardio-respiratory crisis on November 25, 2020, on his medical bed in a residence in the north of the Argentine capital, while recovering from neurosurgery. Neurosurgeon and family doctor Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are under investigation for his death, as the main people responsible for the health of the ex-footballer.
Psychologist Carlos Díaz, medical coordinator Nancy Forlini and nursing coordinator Mariano Perroni, nurses Ricardo Almirón and Dahiana Madrid, and clinical physician Pedro Pablo Di Spagna are also accused.
A “series of improvisations, mismanagement and shortcomings”
The prosecution accuses them of “simple homicide with dolus eventualis”, an offense which is characterized when a person commits negligence while knowingly knowing that it can cause someone’s death. They face sentences ranging from 8 to 25 years in prison.
According to the prosecutors, the defendants “were the protagonists of an unprecedented, totally deficient and reckless hospitalization at home”, and further allegedly committed a “series of improvisations, mismanagement and shortcomings”. After this indictment, the defendant’s defense must present its arguments and may ask for the case to be dismissed. The case could then be taken to court in San Isidro, in the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires.