An Argentine court has on Wednesday, December 16 ruled that Diego Maradona’s body must be conserved in case his DNA is needed in a paternity case.
Recall that after his death, Maradona’s five children staked their claims in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires.
However, seven more alleged love-children also came forward, requesting their share of the football legend’s £37million fortune.
One of the six, Magalí Gil, 25, who filed a lawsuit claimed she found out two years ago that the soccer icon was her biological father.
According to Gil, her birth mother contacted her two years ago to say that her father maybe Diego Maradona.
The National Court of First Instance in Civil Matters No. 56 also said in its ruling: “Ms. Gil requests that a study be carried out … and that for this purpose the acting prosecutor’s office send a DNA sample.”
Also, a teenager who is claiming that he is Maradona’s lovechild is demanding that his body is dug up for DNA tests to prove his case.
The 19-year-old boy named Santiago Lara instructed his lawyer to make the appeal just after the Argentine football legend was buried.
In a written request lodged at a family court in Santiago’s home city of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Santiago through his lawyer demanded Maradona’s autopsy, DNA results and the exhumation of his body so it can be transferred to a court morgue.
Following this report, a court ruled that Diego Maradona’s body must be conserved in case his DNA is needed in a paternity case.
According to the court, his body will only be cremated after all necessary forensic tests had been carried out.
Note that Maradona was married to his first and only wife, Claudia Villafané, 58, with the pair, said to have met when Claudia was just 17.
However, the couple was married for more than 20 years with two children, daughters Dalma and Giannina, before they divorced in 2004.