Diego Maradona doctors face premeditated murder charge: source

Indictment is based on findings by a board of experts into Maradona's death from a heart attack last year

Seven people under investigation over the death of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona last November face charges of premeditated murder, according to AFP.

The news agency, citing a judicial source, said the accused, including members of Maradona's medical team, face eight to 25 years in prison if found guilty.

The indictment is based on findings by a board of experts into Maradona's death from a heart attack last year, a source from the San Isidro Attorney General's Office, which is leading the investigation, AFP reported.

The Napoli and Argentina legend died of a heart attack at a rented home in Buenos Aires on November 25, 2020 age 60, weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.

The report concluded that Maradona received "inadequate" medical care and was left to his fate for a "prolonged, agonising period" before his death, which came just weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.

"After so many injustices, the case has come full circle," the source told AFP.

The accused are prohibited from leaving the country and must appear ahead of an inquiry between May 31 and June 14.

Prosecutors believe Maradona's death was not the result of malpractice or negligent actions of his doctors, but that they knew he would die and did nothing to prevent it.

The prosecutors obtained a series of messages and audio that show that the medical team were aware that Maradona was using alcohol, psychiatric medication and marijuana in the last months of his life.

The board concluded that "the signs of life risk" shown by the former Barcelona and Napoli star were ignored, and that his care in his final weeks was "plagued by deficiencies and irregularities".

The recriminations and accusations over Maradona's death are taking place alongside another case, over his disputed inheritance, involving his five children, his brothers and Matias Morla, his former lawyer.

Maradona had battled cocaine and alcohol addictions during his life. He was suffering from liver, kidney and cardiovascular disorders when he died.

He was idolised by millions of Argentines after he inspired the South American country to their second World Cup triumph in 1986.

Updated: May 22, 2021 07:22 AM

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