Four in custody over suspected tree poaching Suspected tree-poachers were arrested off Sai Kung early yesterday aboard a Shenzhen-bound speedboat. Three Buddhist pines - also known as fung shui trees - and an axe were found on board. Marine police detected the vessel, which was not displaying navigation lights, off Po Pin Chau shortly before 5am, and gave chase. The five-metre-long boat was quickly intercepted and four mainland crew, aged between 20 and 30, were arrested. 10 women arrested in alleged smuggling ring Hong Kong customs officers arrested 10 mainland women visitors and seized contraband cigarettes worth $560,000 during a raid on a flat in Tai Po. Officers said most of the women, aged between 22 and 41, were suspected of smuggling cigarettes across the border. They are believed to have been recruited by the ringleader of the syndicate - a mainland woman - who is still at large. Officers said it was the first time they had smashed a syndicate run by mainlanders. Chief Executive's meetings with parties defended Hong Kong Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen defended Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's record in meeting political parties of different ideologies. Responding to questions in the legislature, Mr Tsang said Mr Tung spent the same amount of time with each party in Legco but because many meetings were informal, it was impossible to keep track of the exact schedules. Space exhibit extended Hong Kong's Space Museum is to extend an exhibition showcasing the history of China's space technology to December 1. From Monday, the exhibition will feature a new display section highlighting the country's first manned flight in the Shenzhou V capsule last week.