Suspended government printer Harris Myers, who was fined for breaching anti-corruption laws, claims natural justice will be denied him if he is given a further penalty by the civil service. His barrister, Edward Laskey, has sent written arguments to the Government claiming Myers would be a victim of 'double jeopardy' if he were formally dismissed and denied about $800,000 in outstanding gratuities and salary. 'Mr Myers should not be dismissed because he has effectively retired,' the submission says. 'Mr Myers has received sufficient punishment for any wrongdoing.' Mr Laskey said the charge against Myers of accepting an advantage without permission could only be brought against civil servants. The lawyer said the Government had elected, on the advice of the 'highest officers of the SAR', to punish Myers by way of criminal prosecution. Mr Laskey said it would therefore be unfair for the civil service to further punish Myers under disciplinary rules for the same offence. Myers pleaded guilty to accepting an advantage without permission. The final decision on whether Myers should be sacked lies with Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Ironically, a letter from Mr Tung praising the government printer's work over the handover, was used in mitigation in Myers' case. Myers was fined $50,000 last month and told by Magistrate David Dufton that his conduct was an act of 'gross stupidity'. He had received a gift of 47 reams of paper worth $34,000 to use in connection with his lifelong ambition to produce a book on a 19th-century artist. After striking a sponsorship deal with Agfa-Gevaert (now Agfa Hong Kong), who provided the paper, Myers sought retrospective permission for the agreement from his superiors. He was arrested when that permission was denied and after he failed to pay for the paper. Mr Laskey's submission argues that the five months it took for Myers' request to be considered contributed to his 'oversight' in not paying the bill. Myers, whose career in Hong Kong spanned more than 14 years, flew to Britain to effectively begin his retirement on March 2, the day he was sentenced. Mr Laskey said he was now living near Cambridge and was renovating an old house. Although his contract ended on March 28, Myers has been suspended and can still be punished by the civil service.