Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Buenos Aires: Eight people who took care of soccer legend Diego Maradona will be tried in Argentina courts for homicide, according to a ruling following an investigation into his November 2020 death due to cardiac arrest.

In the 236-page document released on Wednesday, the judge in charge of the case questioned “the behaviors – active or by omission – of each of the accused which led to and contributed to the realization of the harmful result.”

Diego Maradona, pictured in 2019, died of a heart attack in 2020.

Diego Maradona, pictured in 2019, died of a heart attack in 2020.Credit:Getty

The ruling said that eight people including doctors, nurses and a psychologist who cared for Maradona at the time of his death are accused of “simple homicide,” a serious charge that means taking a life with intent.

A medical board appointed to investigate Maradona’s death concluded in 2021 that the soccer star’s medical team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner”.

Maradona was considered one of the greatest soccer players in history, though the diminutive player nicknamed “Pelusa” for his long mane of hair and “D10S” as a play on the Spanish word for “God” using his jersey number, battled drug and alcohol abuse for years.

Mario Baudry, a lawyer for one of Maradona’s sons, said that the World Cup winner was “in a situation of helplessness” by the time of his death. Maradona died on November 25, 2020, at the age of 60.

The soccer hero's death was mourned across Argentina.

The soccer hero’s death was mourned across Argentina.Credit:AP

“As soon as I saw the cause, I said it was homicide. I fought for a long time and here we are, with this stage completed, ”he said.

Argentine prosecutors launched investigations shortly after Maradona’s death at a house near Buenos Aires, including ordering searches of properties of his personal doctor and probing others involved in his care.

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