Seven members of Diego Maradona’s medical team are facing up to 25 years in prison after being charged with homicide following the football legend’s death.
The Argentinian superstar was pronounced dead at his home in Argentina last November two weeks after undergoing successful brain surgery.
The cause of death was revealed to be heart failure, with the San Isidro prosecutors’ office immediately calling for the case to be investigated.
Seven medical professionals including the neurosurgeon who performed the brain surgery, a psychiatrist, two nurses, a nurse coordinator, a doctor and a psychologist were all ordered not to leave the country after the investigation was launched, and ESPN have now revealed charges have been brought against all seven individuals.
The charge is described as ‘simple homicide with eventual intent’ and if found guilty they each face between eight and 25 years in prison.
Neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque is held responsible for Maradona’s death by the superstar’s family, though he’s denied any wrongdoing, as has psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov.
Recordings of conversations between Maradona’s entourage and the medical professionals who were caring for him have recently emerged in the media, with the footage suggesting he was not being properly attended to in his time of need.
In light of the revelations, the prosecutors’ office asked a medical board to assess whether they believed Maradona was being correctly cared for shortly prior to his death, and their findings concluded that those he was depending on acted in an ‘inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner’.
The report went on to add that Maradona was left to his own devices, and while the toxicology report on his body found no alcohol or illegal substances present, it did find drugs used to treat anxiety and depression.
The accused will now be forced to testify in the trial in the coming weeks.