Maradona medical staff to stand trial for murder case

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Journalists record a video on a plane on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, during a presentation of an aircraft dedicated to the late football legend Diego Maradona, at a military base in Moron, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. the plane departs for various provinces of Argentina and other parts of the world and will reach its final destination at the end of this year during the World Cup in Qatar. The plane, which is owned by a local business group, will carry and display sweaters and other Maradona items. It is one of several tributes planned to coincide with the first World Cup since his death. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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An Argentine judge ruled on Wednesday that eight medical personnel involved in the care of soccer star Diego Maradona will face public trial for criminal negligence.

Brain surgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are among those facing charges of manslaughter, the judge ruled. The process is not expected to begin until late 2023 or early 2024.

The defendants are accused of failing to take proper care of Maradona while he was recovering from surgery that led to his death.

Maradona died on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60 due to cardiac and respiratory arrest while recovering from surgery to treat a blood clot in his brain in a home outside Buenos Aires.

Prosecutors in April requested that Judge Orlando Díaz give a public trial of those under investigation.

Maradona’s autopsy said he died of natural causes, but Argentina’s judiciary began investigating the case under pressure from Maradona’s family. A medical panel said the performance of the staff caring for the 1986 World Cup winner was inadequate.

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