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Injured Winnipeg lawyer Maria Mitousis undeterred by bombing

07/07/2015 09:42 EDT | Updated 07/07/2016 05:59 EDT
The Winnipeg lawyer seriously injured by a package-bomb explosion on Friday says the incident hasn't weakened her desire to practice law, and she plans to return to her job as soon as she can.

Maria Mitousis passed that message along to Sophia Mirza, president of the Manitoba Bar Association, who shared it with CBC News on Tuesday morning.

In her message, Mitousis also said she appreciates all the love and concern people have expressed.

"It's really important that she 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 in that respect," said Mirza.

Mitousis also wants friends and well-wishers to know she isn't ignoring their calls, texts and messages on social media. Her computer and cellphone are in the hands of the police while they investigate the attack, and she can't respond to all the messages of support, Mirza said.

Meanwhile, the man alleged to have mailed the bomb to Mitousis had a court date Tuesday morning in Winnipeg.

Guido Amsel, 49, faces two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault, and eight other charges after three bombs were discovered in recent days.

Police allege he targeted three women — his own divorce lawyer, his ex-wife, and Mitousis, who was his ex-wife's lawyer — with mail bombs.

A package intended for Amsel's ex-wife was intercepted by police and detonated Saturday at a business on Washington Avenue. No one was injured.

The third bomb was detonated by police near the law office of Orle Bargen and Davidson on Stradbrook Avenue on Sunday. The lawyer who represented him in the divorce proceedings used to work there but no longer does.

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