THE combative lawyer of Diego Maradona’s eight-year-old son has insisted it has been 'proven' the icon’s death was manslaughter.
Mario Baudry, who is acting for eight-year-old Diego Fernando, claimed: “In any country, with other prosecutors, people would be in prison by now.”
During an angry exchange on Argentinian TV with the legal representative of Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla, who insisted Diego died from natural causes, he raged: “That’s not the case.
“Manslaughter has been proven. The longer this goes on, the more the evidence gets diluted.”
Criticising a court-backed analysis of Maradona’s two iPhones which began on Friday, Mr Baudry added: “I’m against it. I don’t think the victim should be investigated.
“He was an ill man suffering from abstinence, an alcoholic who was also taking drugs.
“They open his phones up three months after his death. Why so long?”
The tough-talking lawyer said earlier this month he feared Maradona 'hangers-on' could have pilfered much of the multi-millionaire's estimated £75million fortune.
He claimed: “There’s been talk of £75million but only just over £4m has appeared in bank accounts along with a small apartment, an old house Diego owned and two cars.
“Diego earned a lot of money but the problem is he didn’t have it."
Manslaughter has been proven. The longer this goes on, the more the evidence gets diluted
Baudry, now dating Diego Fernando’s mum and Maradona ex Veronica Ojeda, made his astonishing claims in Argentinian TV interviews.
Diego’s personal physician Leopoldo Luque, whose home and office were searched late last year, is one of the five people who have been placed under official investigation by prosecutors probing the former Naples and Barcelona star’s death in November 2020.
They are attempting to establish if he was the victim of medical negligence before and after he went into hospital at the start of November for a brain blood clot op.
Luque has denied any wrongdoing. No-one has yet been formally charged despite Mr Baudry’s assertion a serious crime had been proven.
Recovering cocaine addict Maradona, 60, suffered fatal heart failure at a rented home near Buenos Aires, always insisted he had stayed clean after years of drug abuse which started when he was still playing.
One of the carers looking after him in the run-up to his death claimed he regularly smoked cannabis.
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