Criminal Justice

Divorce lawyer hurt by package bomb will return to work ASAP, bar president says

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A Canadian lawyer who was hospitalized after being seriously injured Friday in a package-bomb blast at her Winnipeg law office plans to return to practice as soon as possible.

Maria Mitousis “wants people to know that she’s going to be right back in the game as soon as she is up to it and that she hasn’t lost her passion,” Sophia Mirza, president of the Manitoba Bar Association, told CBC News on Tuesday.

Mitousis also wants well-wishers to be aware that she can’t respond to many of their messages, because her electronic devices are being reviewed by investigators, Mirza noted.

Guido Amsel, the ex-husband of a client that Mitousis has represented in a long-running divorce and assets battle, is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault. He is accused of sending letter bombs to three locations: Mitousis’ office; the office of another Winnipeg law firm at which a female lawyer who had represented Amsel himself in litigation filed by his ex-wife once worked; and the auto repair shop where Amsel’s ex-wife is employed, the Canadian Press reports.

After Mitousis was injured, police found and safely detonated the other two bombs before anyone else was hurt.

The litigation between Amsel and his wife had seemingly settled amicably, with an equipment sale scheduled to take place Saturday at his business to satisfy his financial obligations to her. The sale has now been postponed, and a court hearing in the criminal case is scheduled for Thursday.

Related coverage: “Man is arrested in law firm bombing; Winnipeg police warn lawyers to watch for suspicious packages”

CTV News: “Neighbor heard blast near Amsel property year and a half prior to letter-bombing case”

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