HK exhibitor pulled by hair after being wrestled to the floor by customs officials Hong Kong shoe merchants yesterday condemned the arrest of a colleague by German customs officers at a trade fair in Dusseldorf. The Trade Development Council also expressed alarm about the detention of Michael Ho, an exhibitor from New Hung Lee Shoes. Mr Ho was handcuffed, wrestled to the ground and had his hair pulled by customs officials who suspected him of infringing the sportswear brand Puma's copyright. Photographs of his arrest were published by a local Chinese-language newspaper. Its report said Mr Ho was released on bail of Euro450 euros (HK$4,270) and he had his exhibits confiscated. David Chu Yu-lin, a Hong Kong delegate to the National People's Congress, has written to Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing recommending the Chinese embassy in Germany be asked to investigate. The Hong Kong Leather Shoe and Shoe Material Merchants Association said: '[The] lawful interests of exhibitors from Hong Kong should be given due respect and protection, and the rude behaviour of the local law enforcement officers, as shown in the press photos, was shocking. 'While the association will adhere to its consistent ethos of protecting intellectual property rights, any commercial argument should be resolved through lawful procedures.' Mr Ho is not a registered exhibitor with the council but it said it would 'channel any assistance'. The German consulate in Hong Kong said it would not investigate the case and declined to comment further. The council said the incident would not affect future Hong Kong trade delegations. 'We still intend to have Hong Kong exhibitors take part in another German fair in November - the Nuremburg Toy Fair,' a spokesman said. Deputy director-general of trade and industry Clement Leung Cheuk-man said Mr Ho had not filed a complaint with the department. About 300 exhibitors staged a protest against the arrest at the weekend. They dispersed after German police warned they could be charged with illegal assembly.