The doctor of Diego Maradona investigated over ‘manslaughter’

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Investigators search doctor Luque's office, probing Maradona death. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Prosecutors in Argentina are investigating the doctor of Diego Maradona for possible manslaughter following the footballing legend’s death four days ago.

The Buenos Aires polis have searched the house and private clinic of Leopoldo Luque as they try to establish if there was negligence in the legend’s treatment following surgery.

The 60-year-old died Maradona of a heart attack at his home where he was recuperating.

On Sunday morning, some 30 police officers raided 39-year-old Dr Luque’s house – with another 20 going into his clinic in the capital Buenos Aires.

The raids were ordered by prosecutors trying to build a image of Maradona’s last days at home. Officials said they retrieved mobile phones, computers and medical notes.

Dr Luque denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged.

Earlier in November, Maradona had a successful operation on a brain blood clot and had been due to be treated for alcohol dependency.

His daughters have pressed for details about their father’s medication.

There are suspicions that Maradona’s convalescence at home might not have met the conditions of his discharge from the clinic, such as a 24-hour team of nurses “specialised in substance abuse”, the on-call presence of doctors and a stand-by ambulance equipped with a defibrillator.

Officials want to know about the involvement of Dr Kuques, who has been described as the footballer’s personal physician, in the Argentine legend’s recovery arrangements at the late star’s house.

On Sunday, in an emotional press conference Dr Luque – cried, saying he had done all he could to save the life of a friend. He said Maradona had been very sad lately.

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