A Hong Kong shoe trader who was pushed to the ground, handcuffed and stripped after being arrested in Germany amid allegations of copyright piracy returned home to a hero's welcome yesterday. About 30 Sai Kung residents, including members of the Sai Kung District Council and rural committee, gathered in the arrival hall at the airport carrying bouquets to welcome Michael Ho Chi-fai, along with his wife and staff. The German government has expressed regret about this month's incident to the Chinese embassy but made no apology or acknowledgment of any wrongdoing in the case of Mr Ho, who had been an exhibitor at a shoe fair in Dusseldorf. Despite his arrest and the confiscation of his shoe samples, he was not charged. 'They [German customs officers] took away our shoes and I was pushed to the ground and handcuffed at the exhibition booth,' Mr Ho said. 'It's been very unreasonable and unbearable. It was unreasonable as I was taken to the police station. It was unbearable because I was stripped naked there. 'It was also unreasonable as the authorities produced no documents when confiscating my goods.' He said he was never given any details about the copyright allegation. Mr Ho had to pay bail of 1,350 euros (HK$13,000) for himself and two employees and estimated that he had lost about US$1 million worth of business during the four days. He said that business trips to France and Spain scheduled after the exhibition were also affected because he could only show clients pictures of the confiscated products, which have not been returned. His wife, Candy Lo Yee-wah, praised Chinese consular staff in Germany for offering aid.