INVESTIGATORS probing the death of Diego Maradona have ordered a search of his personal physician’s home and office amid local reports they are now treating it as a possible case of manslaughter.
The searches began this morning – four days after the 60-year-old died at his Buenos Aires home.
Maradona was found dead by his nurse at noon on Wednesday morningCredit: AFP or licensors
Prosecutors behind the order, said to have been sanctioned by a judge, are understood to be trying to establish whether the football legend was the victim of medical negligence.
The dramatic twist in the probe into Maradona’s death followed overnight reports he had rowed with personal physician Leopoldo Luque in the days before he suffered heart failure last Wednesday.
Luque is at his home while the search on the outskirts of Buenos Aires takes place.
Local TV stations are broadcasting images of police entering Luque’s clinic.
The searches were ordered after Maradona’s daughters Dalma and Giannina gave statements on Saturday and questioned whether the medication their father was receiving was appropriate.
Argentinian media are reporting Luque could be questioned as an ‘imputado’, someone who is under official investigation on suspicion of possible mala praxis or negligence, rather than a simple witness.
There is no suggestion at this stage he will be charged with any crime at this stage of the probe.
Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla last week demanded a top-level probe into the emergency response to the retired footballer’s death.
Matias Morla said the first ambulance took more than half an hour to reach the rented house north of Buenos Aires where the former Naples and Barcelona star suffered heart failure.He called the delay a “criminal idiocy.”
Mr Morla also complained Maradona had not received any medical checks in the 12 hours before he died, appearing to heap more pressure on the former footballer’s personal physician Leopoldo Luque.
It later emerged the first ambulance took 11 minutes to reach the private San Andres gated estate near Buenos Aires Maradona moved to after leaving hospital on November 11 foliowing his brain blood clot op.
On Saturday it emerged Maradona’s nurse had admitted she lied about an early-morning check-up on Maradona.
The sensational confession added more mystery to the circumstances surrounding his untimely death.
Initial reports pointed to a 24-year-old nephew who was staying with him at the San Andres home being the last person to see him alive over breakfast the day Diego died.
The coffin of Argentine football star Diego Maradona at Casa Rosada, Buenos AiresCredit: AP:Associated Press
Fans argue with police to enter the Government House to pay tribute to late football legendCredit: AFP or licensors
A man holds a shirt as fans wait to enter the Government House to pay tribute to late football legendCredit: AFP or licensors