Eight medical personnel who treated Diego Maradona prior to his death will stand trial for alleged criminal neglect.
On Wednesday, a judge in Argentina ordered a culpable homicide trial for the individuals, including Maradona’s family doctor and nurses, with evidence they failed to take “action that could have prevented the death” in November 2020.
The Argentina and Napoli icon died at the age of 60 while recovering from a blood clot, which came after years of battling with cocaine and alcohol addictions.
Maradona was found dead two weeks after the procedure in a rented house in Buenos Aires where he was brought after being discharged from hospital, having suffered a heart attack.
Argentina’s public prosecutor convened a panel of 20 medical experts last year who concluded that Maradona’s treatment was rife with “deficiencies and irregularities” and said he “would have had a better chance of survival” in an adequate medical facility.
Prosecutors asked for Maradona’s caregivers to be put on trial, stating he had been abandoned “to his fate” following a verdict from the medical experts that he was neglected for a “prolonged, agonizing period”.
A date for the trial has not been set but the eight will stand on accounts of a legal definition of homicide characterised by negligence committed in the knowledge that it may lead to a person’s death.
They risk sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in prison, though all of them have denied responsibility and are currently in pre-trial detention.