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Eight medical professionals to stand trial over Diego Maradona's death

Eight people will stand trial over the death of Diego Maradona.

The legendary soccer star died of heart failure in November aged 60, two weeks after undergoing brain surgery, but prosecutors believe his passing was the result of “omissions” by his medical team and so a judge has ordered that doctors, nurses, and a psychologist who was caring for the footballer at the time of his death be tried for “simple homicide”, based on negligence committed knowing it may lead to a person’s death.

A panel of 20 experts appointed to investigate Maradona’s death last year believe his care team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient, and reckless manner” and according to court documents, the judge in charge of the case has questioned “the behaviours – active or by omission – of each of the accused which led to and contributed to the realisation of the harmful result”.

The panel also felt the sportsman “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility.

Maradona’s neurosurgeon and personal doctor, Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, psychologist Carlos Diaz, nurses Gisella Madrid, and Ricardo Almiron, their boss Mariano Perroni, and doctors Pedro Di Spagna and Nancy Forlini face up to eight and 25 years in prison if found guilty.

They have all denied responsibility for the Argentinian’s death, and some have requested the case be dismissed entirely.

Agustina’s attorney, Vadim Mischanchuk, will be appealing the decision, insisting the psychiatrist’s role in caring for Maradona was not connected with his cause of death.

The lawyer said: “A guilty party is being sought at all costs and objectivity is being lost.”

A trial date has yet to be set.

The legal proceedings came about after two of Maradona’s daughters filed a complaint in which they aired their concerns about their father’s treatment after surgery.

Shortly after the sporting legend’s passing, Dr. Luque cried as he told of doing all he could “up to the impossible” to save the life of a friend.

He also said: “You want to know what I am responsible for? For having loved him, for having taken care of him, for having extended his life, for having improved it to the end.”

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