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Maradona’s psychiatrist in police probe

Argentine investigators raided the premises of Diego Maradona’s psychiatrist on Tuesday, the latest twist in a probe into the soccer legend’s death last week, which has already seen files seized from his personal doctor.

Prosecutors, with a judicial order, carried out searches in the house and the private office of Agustina Cosachov in Buenos Aires – as they had done on Sunday with the properties of Maradona’s personal doctor Leopoldo Luque.

“These are routine measures when investigating the causes of death of a patient,” Cosachov’s lawyer, Vadim Mischanchuk, told local television.

“What is being sought is a medical history on telephones and computers.”

Cosachov was part of a medical team that treated Maradona after he underwent surgery for bleeding on the brain in early November.

In a statement released through her lawyer, Cosachov said, “There is peace of mind on my part about the medical decisions I made.”

Maradona, who fought long battles with addiction, died of a heart attack at the age of 60 last week after undergoing brain surgery earlier in November for a blood clot.

The World Cup winner’s death had ripple effects around the globe and drew an outpouring of grief from Argentina to Naples, Italy.

Prosecutors are investigating possible “malpractice” and if necessary medical requirements for care were met, the lawyer Mischanchuk said.

Two sources close the case, who declined to be named, told Reuters “doctors are the main ones being targeted by the prosecution” for Maradona’s death.

The probe was looking at possible wrongful death and medical negligence, they said.

In a statement, Luque described Maradona as a difficult patient to treat but said he tried to help him at all times.

“Diego hated doctors. He hated psychologists, he hated everybody involved in health,” Luque said.

“Diego needed help, there was no way of getting through to him. He had autonomy, he decided on his health.

“Responsible for what? We all did the best we could. All of us.”

Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, said last week he would ask for a full investigation of the circumstances of the sport star’s death, criticising what he said was a slow response by emergency service.

Maradona suffered a series of medical problems, some due to excesses of drugs and alcohol. He was reportedly near death in 2000 and 2004.

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