Prosecutors investigating the 2020 death of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona have called for a trial to be held for the negligent killing of his medical staff.
At their request Wednesday, prosecutors said the “exclusion” and mismanagement of the eight medical professionals in charge of Maradona left him “in a state of helplessness” and abandoned him “to his fate” when he was hospitalized at his home, according to a court filing. .
Maradona died in 2020 at the age of 50, recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot and fighting decades of cocaine and alcohol addiction.
Neurosurgeon and family doctor Leopoldo Luke and psychiatrist Augustina Kosachov are investigating the death of the former football star as the main person responsible for his health.
Six others, including psychologist Carlos Diaz and medical coordinator Nancy Forlini, have been charged.
The prosecution has accused them of “genocide, including the Dolas Eventualis,” a crime where even if a person is negligent, their negligence can lead to someone’s death.
They could face up to eight to 25 years in prison.
According to prosecutors, the defendants were “the hero of an unprecedented, complete deficit and reckless hospitalization” and were charged with “a series of mismanagement and misconduct.”
Defense will now have to present its arguments and ask for the case to be dismissed.
Maradona is considered one of the greatest footballers in history and led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup.
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