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Maradona's medical personnel to face homicide trial

Journalists record a video inside a plane during a presentation of an aircraft dedicated to the late soccer legend Diego Maradona, at a military base in Moron, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A ceremony was held before the airplane departs for different provinces of Argentina and other parts of the world reaching its final destination at the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. The aircraft, owned by a local business group, will carry and display jerseys and other objects that belonged to Maradona. It is one of the many tributes planned to coincide with the first World Cup since his death. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Original Publication Date June 22, 2022 - 8:51 PM

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — An Argentinian judge ruled on Wednesday that eight medical personnel involved in the care of soccer star Diego Maradona will face a public trial for criminal negligence.

Brain surgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are among those who will stand trial for homicide, the judge ruled. The trial is not expected to begin until the end of 2023 or early 2024.

The defendants 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.

A few days after his death, Argentine prosecutors began an investigation into the doctors and nurses involved in his care. In 2021, a medical board appointed to examine Maradona's death found Maradona’s medical team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner."

It also determined that the footballer “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility, according to the court ruling.

Prosecutors requested in April that Judge Orlando Díaz 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.

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