Maradona’s doctor to be spared preventive prison

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona’s personal physician will not face preventive detention amid an investigation into the death of the Argentine football legend, a Buenos Aires court said Friday, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Telam of Argentina’s national news agency.

Judge Orlando Diaz has granted a request from Leopoldo Luque’s attorneys to prevent prosecutors from ordering his imprisonment during the ongoing investigation.

Over the past week, police raided the homes and private clinics of Luque and Maradona’s psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov to determine whether they had acted negligently.

Maradona died of a heart attack at his home near Buenos Aires on Nov. 25, less than a month after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

Prosecutors said the searches were filed for by a judge after preliminary investigation, which included evidence from Maradona’s daughters Dalma, Giannina and Jana.

Both Luque and Cosachov have denied any wrongdoing.

In a press conference last Sunday, Luque described Maradona as “unmanageable,” saying the 1986 World Cup winner should have gone to a rehabilitation center after his surgery, but declined.

According to Telam, investigators are trying to determine whether Maradona had received 24-hour care from medical staff in the days before his death, one of the conditions for his release from hospital on Nov. 12.

Questions have also been raised about the lack of an ambulance and defibrillator on the site where Maradona died. – Named

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