Lawyer lambasts ‘trial by media’ in Maradona case

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Lawyer lambasts 'trial by media' in Maradona case

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A defense attorney implicated in the death of football star Maradona in Argentina last year slammed a so-called “media trial” on Monday after a medical report was released last week The soccer player’s team allegedly committed “poor and reckless” behavior.

FILE PHOTO: Maradona’s fans remember the idol with a colorful memorial in Buenos Aires


May 04, 2021 2:50 am

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BUENOS AIRES: A defender implicated in the death of soccer star Maradona last year in Argentina slammed a so-called “media trial” on Monday after a report was released last week in the alleged “poor and reckless” behavior of the soccer player’s medical team.

Maradona, the revered former Boca Juniors and Napoli star who battled alcohol and drug addiction for years, died of heart failure last November after undergoing brain surgery earlier this month.

According to the report, a medical panel officially appointed to investigate his death concluded that several members of his medical team had acted “inappropriately, poorly and recklessly” and that he was not properly monitored prior to his death.

This report, which was circulated to Reuters and other media outlets last week, is due to be presented to the Buenos Aires prosecutor on Monday.

No charges have been brought in the case, and Maradona’s psychiatrist’s attorney said selective leakage is undermining the legal process.

“The leaked evidence, as well as the audios and testimonies, the excerpts, including the edited audios and chats, concern less than half of the defendants. Isn’t that suspicious?” Vadim Mishanchuk told reporters.

“It seems that the intent is to produce a trial through the media, a trial prior to the delivery of justice, and that’s not good at all.”

Maradona’s death rocked the South American nation, triggering a period of grief and the angry finger that pointed out who was to blame.

An attorney for Maradona’s son Dieguito said the report showed “criminal conduct” in the case, adding that he would press for full accountability.

(Writing from Andrew Downie, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)