A group of experts in Argentina is examining whether medical negligence contributed to the death of the football icon last year.
Hundreds of Argentines demonstrated on Wednesday to demand justice for the death of Diego Maradona, as experts gathered earlier this week to investigate the death of the football legend and whether there had been medical negligence in his case.
Protesters donned Argentine soccer jerseys, held banners and flags featuring Maradona’s face, as well as a cutout of the superstar, at a rally in central Buenos Aires, the capital.
“He is not dead, they killed him!” rally organizers said in documents posted on social media. “Justice for Diego. Trial and punishment of the guilty. “
Considered one of the greatest soccer players in the world, the 60-year-old passed away in november after suffering a heart attack in the town of Tigre.
Maradona holds divine status in his home country after leading Argentina to a World Cup title in 1986, and tens of thousands of Argentines widespread in the streets after his death to pay homage and say goodbye.
Teresa Bo of Al Jazeera, who reported in Buenos Aires Wednesday, said protesters “are convinced that Diego Maradona’s entourage – the people who surrounded him before his death – are responsible” for his death.
“People blocked this road… There are a lot of police. There were a few small clashes between the police and the fans, ”Bo said.
On Monday, a medical commission convened by Argentina’s prosecutor met to analyze Maradona’s death on November 25, just weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.
Investigators are investigating whether members of Maradona’s medical team did not treat him adequately and whether there is a wrongful death complaint, as a conviction could result in up to up to jail time. at 15.
The expert panel, made up of 10 official specialists and 10 others selected by interested parties, is expected to deliver its conclusions in two or three weeks.
Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz are under investigation, along with two nurses, a nurse coordinator and a medical coordinator.
“Prosecutors in Argentina are convinced his entourage is responsible for his death,” Bo reported.
End December, an autopsy showed that Maradona – who had struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for much of her life – did not consume alcohol or illegal narcotics in the days leading up to her death.
He did, however, reveal that he had problems with his kidneys, heart and lungs.
Maradona had also taken seven different drugs to treat depression, anxiety and other ailments, an official told Reuters news agency at the time.