San Isidro: The psychiatrist who treated Diego Maradona when he died last November has denied any responsibility for his disappearance, which a panel of experts blamed on negligence, his lawyer said on Friday.
Agustina Cosachov “provided proof that she had not committed a homicide,” her lawyer said after questioning the 36-year-old at the prosecutor’s office in San Isidro, near Buenos Aires.
“There is no suspicion that the psychiatric drug (which Cosachov prescribed) and at these doses could have caused a heart failure,” added Vadim Mischanchuk.
The 1986 World Cup-winning captain died of a heart attack at the age of 60, weeks after undergoing brain surgery for a blood clot.
Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz found Maradona dead in bed in a rented house in an upscale neighborhood in Buenos Aires where he was receiving home care.
Cosachov was questioned for more than six hours at the prosecutor’s office on Friday, and presented a voluminous letter before leaving without speaking to the press.
“She was a psychiatrist,” Mischanchuk had said as he entered the office. “It had nothing to do with the clinical management of the patient.”
The addiction specialist is one of seven medical professionals under investigation for manslaughter in the death of Maradona in a case that has affected Argentina.
According to the investigative file, Cosachov and neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, 39, were key personnel in charge of Maradona’s care.
The questioning phase of the suspects will end next Monday with Luque’s appearance before prosecutors. He has also repeatedly denied any blame.
In the next phase of the investigation, a judge will decide whether or not to order a trial.
If found guilty at the end of the process, which could take years, the seven face between eight and 25 years in prison. All are prohibited from leaving the country while awaiting the outcome.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation after an expert panel examining the footballer’s death found he had received inadequate care and was left to fend for himself.
Last week, a lawyer for co-accused nurse Dahiana Madrid, 36, told prosecutors the medics responsible “killed Diego”.
“Ultimately, there were many warning signs that Maradona was going to die, one day or another. And none of the doctors did anything to prevent it,” lawyer Rodolfo Baque said. at the time.
Psychologist Diaz, 29, like Cosachov, denied that the psychiatric drugs Maradona was taking had made her heart disease work.
In addition to Diaz and Cosachov, four other people under investigation have so far testified: Madrid and his nursing colleague Ricardo Almiron, 37; nursing coordinator Mariano Perroni, 40 years old; and medical coordinator Nancy Forlini.
Two of Maradona’s children blame Luque for their father’s deterioration after the brain operation.
A panel of 20 medical experts convened by Argentina’s public prosecutor said last month that Maradona’s treatment was riddled with “deficiencies and irregularities” and that the medical team had left their survival “to fate”.
All have denied responsibility for the death of Maradona, an idol of millions of Argentines after inspiring the South American country to its second World Cup triumph in 1986.
The former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli star had struggled for years with cocaine and alcohol and suffered from liver, kidney and cardiovascular problems when he died.