Death of Maradona. Eight health professionals will face trial for manslaughter

The lawsuit was upheld by a San Isidro judge, which included a neurosurgeon, family physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, nursing manager, and orderlies.

Death of Maradona. Eight health professionals will face trial for manslaughter

The lawsuit was upheld by a San Isidro judge, which included a neurosurgeon, family physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, nursing manager, and orderlies.

In April, the prosecution requested the trial. They cited shortcomings and negligence in the care given to the ex-star.

Maradona, who was recovering from neurosurgery, died on November 25, 2020 of a cardiac-respiratory attack. He was alone in his hospital bed in northern Buenos Aires. He was diagnosed with kidney and liver disease, heart failure, neurological deterioration and an addiction to alcohol.

They will be tried on the charges of "simple murder with dolus eventualis", which is an offense that occurs when someone commits negligence knowing it could cause death. The eight suspects could be sentenced to between 8 and 25 years imprisonment, but they should appear at trial free of charge, as the San Isidro prosecution's office has never requested their pre-trial release.

Prosecutors claim that Maradona's personnel was "protagonist in an unprecedented, totally inadequate and reckless home hospitalization" and had committed a series of "improvisations, mismanagement, and failures".

A report by an expert was part of the investigation and concluded that the former player had been "left alone to his fate" in his medical team. This led to him suffering from a slow, painful agony.

The suspects were a psychiatrist, doctor, or nurse and all of them had, during their hearings, stood by their actions within the scope of their competence at the side of the champion.

Leopoldo Luque was Maradona's attending physician and confidant. He claimed to have tried to help Maradona. At this point, no date has been set for the trial's holding.

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