Seven people under investigation into the death of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona last November have been charged with willful murder. The French news agency found out AFP from judicial circles.
The defendants, including Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and the psychologist Carlos Diaz, should expect eight to 25 years in prison if found guilty.
The charges are based on the results of a panel of experts investigating Maradona’s death from a heart attack. The report concluded that Maradona, who died at the age of 60, received inadequate medical care and was left to his fate for a “long, agonizing period”. The process started “at least twelve hours” before his final death.
The defendants are not allowed to leave the country and must appear for an investigation between May 31 and June 14. The lawsuit was sparked by a lawsuit brought by two of Maradona’s five daughters against Luque, whom they hold responsible for their father’s deteriorating condition after brain surgery in October.
Prosecutors believe Maradona’s death was not the result of malpractice or negligence on the part of his doctors, but that they knew the former soccer star was going to die and did nothing to prevent it.