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A former sumo wrestler held for allegedly extorting around ¥3.5 million in hush money from ozeki Kotomitsuki over illegal gambling told police he belonged to a crime syndicate in Kyushu after retiring from the sport, investigative sources said Saturday.

Mitsutomo Furuichi, 38, was quoted as telling investigators that he was “a member of a mob group in Kyushu for four to five years after retiring from sumo.”

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