The former goalkeeper is the first of seven to face questions about whether they contributed to the death of the football legend last year.
An Argentine prosecutor began hearing evidence Monday in a case involving seven people accused of contributing to the death of football superstar Diego Maradona.
Ricardo Almiron, 37, Maradona’s night caregiver, arrived shortly after noon (15:00 GMT) with his lawyer at the San Isidro prosecutor’s office on the outskirts of the capital Buenos Aires.
Almiron is one of seven people investigated for murder after a panel of experts studying Maradona’s death found he had received inadequate treatment and had been left to his own devices for a “prolonged, agonizing period.” .
The seven who were questioned were members of Maradona’s medical team.
A medical review panel of 20 doctors said in May that the accused acted in a “inappropriately, lacking and reckless“And with‘ criminal intent ’, claiming that Maradona was not properly monitored before he died.
Maradona, the former revered star of Boca Juniors and Napoli who had been addicted to alcohol and drugs for several years, died last November 25 of heart failure, after undergoing brain surgery earlier that month.
Almiron is suspected of lying when he said the World Cup-winning captain slept and breathed normally hours before he died. A clear autopsy Maradona was dead at the time, but he did not drink alcohol or take illegal substances in the days before his death.
U the investigation has been opened following a complaint filed by two of Maradona’s five children against neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, who they blamed for the father’s deterioration after the operation.
Questions will be asked in the coming days to Maradona psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, 35; psychologist Carlos Diaz, 29; nurse Dahiana Madrid, 36; nurse coordinator Mariano Perroni, 40, and medical coordinator Nancy Forlini, 52.
The hearing, postponed from last month due to a spike in cases of coronavirus in Argentina, he will end up with Luque, the 39-year-old neurosurgeon, on June 28th.
Defendants are barred from leaving Argentina while a judge decides whether the case should go to trial. The process can take months or years. If found guilty, all seven could face between eight and 25 years in prison.
Luque has repeatedly defended his actions, saying he did his “best” to deal with Maradona, the AFP news agency reported.
The death of Maradona, a globally revered football star who was particularly loved in his native Argentina for leading the national team to his second World Cup victory in 1986, devastated the South American nation.
Tens of thousands lined up to pass his cargo, covered in the Argentine flag, at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires amid three days of national mourning last year.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players in the world. One The Argentine wrote “God is with God” when Maradona died.
The day after his death, Argentine mourner Wilson Cisnero told Al Jazeera that “Argentina is Maradona.”
But his fame was not limited to Argentina. Maradona played for Barcelona in the early 1980s and Italian club Napoli, who won their first Italian titles with the Argentine on his side.
The Indian state of Kerala as well declared two days of official mourning for the superstar after his death. Maradona was loved here, and the shrimp shells he ate from during a visit in 2012 were freeze-dried and framed.
Ravindran Veleimbra, owner of the hotel where Maradona stayed during his visit, recalled the day the footballer entered the lobby. “Our god had come in. He was in front of us,” Veleimbra told AFP in November 2020.