Diego Maradona, iconic football player and an inspiration to many Argentines, died from heart failure in 2020. Audios were since leaked to the press, implying that his death may have been premeditated.
A fortnight after having gone under the knife for brain surgery, on November 25, 2020, Diego Maradona passed away at 60 years of age. Since then, seven people have been charged in connection with his death.
They are accused of "simple homicide with eventual intent." This includes neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, and other medical and psychological professionals within his circle.
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THE MEDICAL BOARD REPORT
A medical board was appointed by San Isidro, Argentina's prosecutor's office. With the knowledge that Maradona was treated in his home during the days leading up to his death, the board said:
"We agree that he would have had a better chance of survival if he had been treated in a healthcare facility."
The board also defined the actions of Maradona's medical team as unprofessional, lacking, and careless. Meanwhile, the psychiatrist and neurosurgeon have claimed that they are not guilty of any of the accusations.
This investigation followed a leaked recording of discussions between those in the sports star's circle. This indicated that he might have received lackluster treatment in the days leading to his passing.
Fans have organized marches, demanding that justice be served.
Since then, his family has demanded justice for Maradona. The seven suspects will begin submitting their testimonies from May 31, 2020.
A HARROWING DEATH
According to the medical board's report, the hours before Maradona's death was agonizing, and he passed away without adequate medicinal care. They specifically stated:
"He presented unequivocal signs of a prolonged agonizing period, so we conclude that the patient was not properly monitored."
The suspects are banned from leaving Argentina before June 14, 2021, when the inquiry is meant to conclude. They could all be facing 25 years in jail if found guilty of the accused crime.
FAMILY AND FANS DEMAND JUSTICE
The relatives are not only backing the football icon. Following the reports of suspected manslaughter, fans have organized marches, demanding that justice be served.
The investigation officially began due to complaints filed on the part of two of Maradona's daughters. They targeted neurosurgeon Luque, who they believe contributed to his deterioration following his brain surgery.
Maradona was a legendary footballer in Argentina. He was specifically known for his dribbling skills and ball control preceding his career as a coach.
Following his passing, the Argentine Football Association put out a statement. They expressed that the icon would forever remain in the memory of his country and family.