AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
WORLD superstar Diego Maradona’s doctor, who is being investigated for his death, has denied any wrongdoing.
Argentine law enforcement agencies yesterday raided the clinic and properties of Dr Leopoldo Luque in San Isidro, an affluent suburb in Buenos Aires, who face possible charges of culpable homicide. Luque has denied any wrongdoing.
The investigation followed a complaint from Maradona’s three daughters about the treatment the football legend received days before his death.
Maradona, who captained the Argentine national team that won the World Cup in 1986 died at age 60 of acute lung edema and chronic heart failure’, according to a preliminary autopsy report.
The Buenos Aires prosecutor’s office said the investigation and collection of evidence was underway and confirmed that statements have been taken from individuals, including direct relatives of Maradona. “By virtue of the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque,” the statement said.
The investigation follows criticism by Maradona’s famiy and his lawyer on the slow response of emergency services.
On the day Maradona was buried, his lawyer, Matias Moria pledged that he would ask for a full probe into the circumstances surrounding the soccer legend’s death. “The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy,” Matias said on Thursday in a Twitter post.
After the raids, Luque launched an emotional defence, saying he did all he could for Maradona. He described the retired football star as “friend”.
Luque said: “I was shocked when police turned up at my door. I’m going to co-operate fully.
I know what I did and what I did was for Diego’s benefit until the last moment. I did the best I could. ‘I feel terrible because a friend died. I don’t blame myself for anything. It’s very unfair what’s happening. I didn’t see Diego’s daughters a lot but the rest of his family, his siblings and his nephews adore me. Someone is trying to find a scapegoat here when I don’t see one anywhere. ‘We all did the best we could with Diego.”Maradona is survived by his ex-wife, Claudia Villafañe, three daughters, Dalma, Gianinna and Jana, and two sons Diego Fernando and Diego Sinagra.