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Police raid doctor’s office in Maradona death probe

Police raid doctor’s office in Maradona death probe
November 29
21:42 2020

Police in Buenos Aires, Argentina have opened an investigation to determine if Diego Maradona, the country’s football legend, died of natural causes or negligence.

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The diminutive football icon breathed his last on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home where he was recuperating.

The 60-year-old was recuperating after undergoing brain surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain earlier in November before his death four days ago.

According to BBC, police raided the clinic and home of Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal physician, on Sunday in search of evidence of possible professional negligence.

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A team of 60 policemen were said to have been involved in the search, with 30 of the officers going to the doctor’s home and clinic respectively.

Luque was in charge of Maradona’s surgery to remove the blood clot in his head. He had also continued to monitor the soccer star’s health as he was treated for alcohol dependence after.

Reuters quoted a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office in Argentina as saying that the search order was requested by prosecutors in San Isidro area of Buenos Aires.

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“Yesterday (Saturday) the investigation and substantiation of evidence continued with the taking of statements from people including direct relatives of the deceased,” the statement read.

“By virtue of the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque.”

It is also understood that the 1986 World cup winner’s daughters have pressed for details about their father’s medication, while police have begun searching for medical records from Luque.

In a Twitter post on Thursday, Matias Moria, Maradona’s lawyer, vowed to request for a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the soccer legend’s death.

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“The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy,” Matias wrote.

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