Letters tell judge of diligence, generosity A top tycoon, one of the city's best-known movie stars and a veteran politician are among community leaders who have sent letters to the District Court urging leniency for disgraced jewellery mogul Tse Sui-luen as he awaits sentencing on conspiracy, theft and tax fraud charges. The letters describe the 71-year-old founder of the TSL jewellery empire - found guilty of offering illegal rebates to travel agents for bringing tourists to his businesses - as a hardworking, devoted and charitable entrepreneur. The letters were handed to District Court Judge Kevin Browne, who heard mitigation arguments yesterday before sentencing Tse, his son Tommy Tse Tat-fung, 38, and three other company executives. Joseph Tse Wah-yuen SC, for the elder Tse, said the illegal scheme had not been conducted for his personal benefit, noting more than 20 letters presented to the court showed 'the goodness he has done for society and how he impressed so many people'. 'He did it for the sake of his company and staff ... it was a wrong decision, [a] misjudgment and he should not have done it,' he said. Those who wrote letters of support included Hutchison Whampoa group managing director Canning Fok Kin-ning, movie star Jackie Chan and politician Allen Lee Peng-fei, as well as several charity groups. Tse Sui-luen, his son, finance director Chung Yuen-ling, 45, deputy chairman and chief executive Peter Gerardus Van Weerdenburg, 47, and business promotions general manager Wong Ting-fong, 59, will appear for sentencing on Friday. They have been convicted on charges including conspiracy to commit false accounting, offering illegal advantages, stealing more than HK$3 million from the firm and defrauding the tax department. Joseph Tse recounted the humble beginnings of the elder Tse, who turned himself into a 'legendary' entrepreneur with only two years of primary education, a HK$3,000 loan in the 1960s and years of perseverance. He said Tse suffered chronic, serious heart problems and had been under psychiatric treatment for anxiety since he went bankrupt in 1999. Tse's four children also wrote to express their love for their father and their fear that 'they won't be able to see their aged father again under broad daylight'. Defence counsel Graham Harris said Tommy Tse had inherited a business in financial trouble, which forced him to continue an established illegal rebate system. Mr Harris submitted a 2.5cm-thick petition signed by 1,700 employees who expressed their love and respect for their former boss. The TSL chain offered HK$170 million in kickbacks to travel agents between 1996 and 2005.