The personal doctor of Diego Maradona and six other medical professionals have been charged with “simple homicide with eventual intent” in the death of the Argentine football legend.
Leopoldo Luque, the doctor who treated Maradona after he underwent surgery for a brain blood clot weeks before dying last year, and the others face eight to 25 years in prison if found guilty.
Maradona died of heart failure on Nov. 25, 2020, at the age of 60.
Luque denied any wrongdoing and insisted he treated Maradona to the best of his abilities.
However, recordings leaked to Argentine media of conversations between medical professionals and those close to Maradona indicate that care for the World Cup winner was inadequate.
Earlier this month, a medical panel concluded that Maradona received “deficient and reckless” care prior to dying.
The panel was appointed by prosecutors to look into allegations that the medical team didn’t offer adequate treatment.
It was also suspected Maradona wasn’t being properly monitored on the day of his death, and that he was seriously unwell 12 hours before dying.
Court proceedings are set to begin on May 31.
Maradona, who won the World Cup in 1986, enjoyed successful domestic spells at Barcelona, ??Napoli, Sevilla, Boca Juniors, and Argentinos Juniors.