Thursday, December 17, 2020

Paternity case: Maradona's body 'must be conserved' for DNA test, judge rules

The body of football legend Diego Maradona "must be conserved" pending a paternity case, an Argentine court has ruled, halting cremation plans.

Maradona died from a heart attack last month, aged 60.

Responding to a lawsuit filed by a woman who says Maradona could be her father, the court said a DNA sample of the footballer must be submitted.

He had two daughters from a marriage. After his divorce he recognised paternity of six more children.

The case was brought by a 25-year-old, MagalĂ­ Gil, who is not among them.

Ms Gil, who was adopted, says her birth mother contacted her two years ago to say that her father "may be Diego Maradona".

In a video posted on Instagram, Ms Gil said it was a "universal right" to know "if Diego Maradona is my biological father or not". 

After his death on 25 November, Maradona was buried in a private cemetery near Buenos Aires. 

A court ruled on 30 November at the time that his body must not be cremated until all necessary forensic tests had been carried out.