Harumafuji faces summary indictment
NHK -- Dec 29
Former yokozuna grand champion Harumafuji is facing a summary indictment for assaulting and injuring a lower ranked wrestler.

Prosecutors filed the indictment with a summary court on Thursday. They are asking for Harumafuji to pay a fine. The court will decide whether to issue a summary order.

33-year-old Harumafuji is accused of assaulting Takanoiwa at a restaurant-bar in Tottori City, western Japan, in October.

Prosecutors say the former yokozuna slapped Takanoiwa's face many times and also hit him with a karaoke remote control. They say Takanoiwa suffered injuries that took about 12 days to heal.

Investigators say Harumafuji admitted to assaulting and injuring Takanoiwa during voluntary questioning.

They say Harumafuji told them that he lost his temper because Takanoiwa kept fiddling with his smartphone while the junior wrestler was being admonished by the yokozuna Hakuho.

Harumafuji made an apology in November and announced his retirement to take responsibility for the incident.

But no out-of-court settlement has been reached between Harumafuji and Takanoiwa.

News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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