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Police question Harumafuji again

Jiji Press TOTTORI (Jiji Press) — Police questioned retired sumo grand champion Harumafuji on a voluntary basis again in Tottori on Saturday over the alleged assault on a lower-ranking wrestler over drinks in the city in late October.

The Tottori prefectural police conducted the second questioning for their final confirmation of what actually happened before sending, as early as this week, to public prosecutors their investigation report charging the former yokozuna from Mongolia with inflicting bodily harm, people familiar with the matter said.

The police already have finished questioning the victim, Takanoiwa, 27, and other wrestlers who were present at the scene, including yokozunas Hakuho and Kakuryu. All the wrestlers are also Mongolian.

Harumafuji, 33, admitted the assault during the previous police questioning, held in the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo hall in Tokyo on Nov. 17.

He submitted his resignation from the sport to the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday, to take responsibility for the incident, and the retirement was granted immediately.

The police suspect that the former champion hit Takanoiwa several times on the head, including with a karaoke remote control, at a drinking party held in the city from late Oct. 25 night and early Oct. 26 morning during a regional sumo tour. Speech

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