No fewer than eight people (health professionals) will face trial over their roles played in the death of popular Argentinian soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona.
The order was made on Tuesday by an Argentina Appeal Court which ruled that the accused health professionals including a psychologist, a clinical doctor, a medical coordinator, nursing coordinator and nurses will be tried in court.
As requested by prosecutors, the eight were accused of “simple homicide with wanton disregard” and could face between eight and 25 years in jail if found guilty.
Maradona died on November 25, 2020, aged 60 from heart failure after the former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli star had undergone brain surgery earlier that month.
After an unanimous decision not to dismiss the case, the San Isidro Board of Appeals confirmed that neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and six other health workers, all involved in Maradona’s medical care, will be tried.
The date for the commencement of the trial has yet to be set but is expected to start in 2024.