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Psychologist testifies to the Argentine prosecutor’s office for the death of Diego Maradona

Psychologist testifies to the Argentine prosecutor’s office for the death of Diego Maradona

The Argentine justice began to question this Wednesday the psychologist who treated Diego Maradona, investigated for homicide along with six other members of the medical team that was in charge of the former soccer player who died in 2020 due to a cardiorespiratory crisis.

Carlos Ángel Díaz, 29, is the fifth questioned in the case, after a statement was taken from two nurses, their superior and a doctor who served as care coordinator.

All are being investigated for “simple homicide with eventual intent”, a crime punishable by between 8 and 25 years in prison and which refers to a person who does not change his actions despite knowing that it can have a fatal outcome.

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Díaz did not make statements to the press when he entered the San Isidro Prosecutor’s Office, 25 km north of Buenos Aires around noon, but his defense announced that he will present a brief and answer the questions of the prosecutors, so it is estimated that the hearing will take several hours.

On Monday, the doctor Nancy Forlini, another of those investigated, refused to answer the questions of the prosecution and delivered a letter in which she pointed to the neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov as the main responsible for Maradona’s health.

Cosachov and Luque must testify in hearings scheduled until June 28.

Maradona died on November 25, 2020. A board of medical experts concluded that the star died due to a cardiorespiratory crisis after hours of agonizing in bed in a house in a private neighborhood in Buenos Aires where he was recovering from head surgery for a bruise and other ailments.

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The report concluded that Maradona “was left to his own devices” and that the medical treatment he received “was inadequate, deficient and reckless.”

The nurses Ricardo Almirón and Dahiana Madrid declared last week that they had an order not to disturb or wake up the patient whose medical history they did not know and who should only be given psychiatric medication.

The rented house where the captain of the world champion team in Mexico-1986 was recovering did not have the medical equipment or the necessary comforts to care for the patient, confirmed those investigated.

The statements are consistent with those of the nursing coordinator Mariano Perroni and the doctor Forlini, in charge of the Swiss Medical health company to facilitate home medical benefits.

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All agreed that those who ordered what should be done with Maradona were the neurosurgeon Luque and the psychiatrist Cosachov, the most committed to the investigation.

After listening to those investigated, the Prosecutor’s Office will raise its conclusion to the judge, who can dismiss them or take the case to trial. (AFP)

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