Oral trial of eight health professionals accused of Maradona's death

The Argentine justice takes to trial the file of the eight health professionals accused of criminal negligence and malpractice in the death of the sports idol Diego Maradonaaccording to the court ruling released this Wednesday.

In his resolution, Judge Orlando Díaz questioned “the conduct that each of the accused (accused) would have displayed, not complying with the mandate to act that good medical practice placed in their heads”, according to the text that he spread when ordering a draw for the judges that will make up the court.

Maradona, considered one of the best footballers in history and emblem of the Albiceleste team, died at the age of 60 on November 25, 2020 on his sickbed, convalescing from surgery for a head bruise suffered in a home accident .

The oral trial still has no date after the investigation by prosecutors, who accuse medical and nursing staff of “simple homicide with eventual intent”, a crime that in Argentina contemplates prison sentences of eight to 25 years.

The court decision was made known on the Day of the Argentine Soccer Player, an event dedicated to evoking the afternoon in which Maradona scored the two goals against England (2-1) in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, one with ‘the hand of God ‘ and another considered the best in the history of the world cups.

“There is an accumulation of criminally relevant conduct that led Maradona to his sad death,” the prosecutors had affirmed in the opinion that gave basis to the judge’s ruling.

The neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luciano Luque, the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, the psychologist Carlos Ángel Díaz, the coordinating doctor Nancy Forlini, the nursing coordinator Mariano Perroni, the clinical doctor Pedro Pablo Di Spagna and the nurses Ricardo Omar Almirón and Dahiana Gisela Madrid.

The magistrate mentions that in them there was “an absence of interposition of any saving action that could avoid death”, to accuse them of “simple homicide with eventual intent”.

In the case of Luque, the judge adds the crime of “use of a false private document” for removing Maradona’s medical history from the hospital with an authorization supposedly signed by the ’10’. To Cosachov, he added that of ideological falsehood.

The death occurred when the former captain of the selected champion in Mexico-1986 was under house arrest, in a residence in a private neighborhood of Tigre, 40 km north of Buenos Aires.

According to the autopsy, the idol of the Argentine Boca Juniors and the Italian Napoli died from “acute pulmonary edema secondary to exacerbated chronic heart failure.”

Toxicological studies yielded negative results for the presence of alcohol or drugs, although psychopharmaceuticals were detected.


Prosecutors had determined that Maradona was “in a situation of helplessness” and “left to his own devices” without due attention to the seriousness of the situation. At the time of his death, he was the DT of Gimnasia La Plata, of the first division.

Maradona’s funerals led to massive street demonstrations by fans in the midst of the covid pandemic and a wave of moving tributes in stadiums and venues in the international soccer world.

Admired for his talent and personality, he is still alive in the collective memory for his sporting exploits, although his turbulent private life still arouses controversy.

New tributes to the idol are expected at the Qatar-2022 World Cup in which his beloved team will compete in the first round with Saudi Arabia, Poland and Mexico.

Source: AFP

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