May 19, 2022

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Argentine public prosecutor demands prosecution of Maradona's health care providers

Argentine public prosecutor demands prosecution of Maradona’s health care providers

Prosecutors investigating the death of football legend Diego Maradona in Argentina in 2020 have demanded that he be prosecuted for the negligent murder of the medical staff who treated him.

Prosecutors say the “neglect” and mistreatment of eight members of the medical staff associated with Maradona left him in a state of “disability” and left to his “fate” when he was admitted to a “defamatory” hospital at his home. According to the official news agency (Telam).

Maradona died in his medical bed on November 25, 2020, at his home north of the capital Buenos Aires, of heart and respiratory problems, after recovering from head surgery at the age of 60.

Neurologist and family member Leopoldo Lucci and psychiatrist Agostina Kozachev are investigating his death because they were key to the star’s health when he led Argentina to its second and final World Cup title at the 1986 World Cup.

Also charged are psychiatrist Carlos Diaz, medical coordinator Nancy Forlini, nursing coordinator Mariano Peroni, nurses Ricardo Almiron and Diana Madrid and doctor Pedro Pablo de Spocna.

The Public Prosecution accuses them of negligent murder, knowing that this negligence could result in the death of a person. They face between 8 and 25 years in prison. According to prosecutors, the defendants made “unprecedented, incomplete and irresponsible home hospital heroes” and “continuous improvements, administrative errors and shortcomings”.

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