Eight medical personnel involved in the care of soccer star Diego Maradona will face a public trial for criminal negligence, an Argentinian judge ruled on Wednesday.
Brain surgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are among those who will stand trial for homicide, the judge ruled. The medical personnel are accused of failing to take proper care of Maradona when he was recovering from surgery, which led to his death.
Maradona died at the age of 60 on Nov. 25, 2020 due to a cardio-respiratory arrest while he was recovering at a house outside Buenos Aires from surgery for a blood clot on his brain. Prosecutors requested in April that Judge Orlando Daz put those under investigation on public trial.
Maradona's autopsy said he died of natural causes, but Argentina's judiciary started investigating the case after pressure from Maradona's family. A medical panel said the performance of the staff that took care of the 1986 World Cup winner was inadequate.
The BBC reported the panel of 20 experts appointed to examine his death found Maradona's medical team acted in an 'inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner.' The panel found that the football legend would have had a better chance of survival with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility.
The medical team has denied the charges BBC reported that all eight will be tried on a legal definition of homicide based on negligence committed in the knowledge that it may lead to a person's death. The crime can hold a sentence of eight to 25 years in prison, according to Argentina's penal code. The trial is not expected to begin until the end of 2023 or early 2024.
(With inputs from PTI)