POLITICS

Brief court appearance for Winnipeg man accused of sending letter bombs

07/09/2015 01:56 EDT | Updated 07/09/2016 05:59 EDT
WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man accused of sending letter bombs to his ex-wife and two law firms has appeared briefly in court via video link.

Guido Amsel continues to be kept in custody and is due back in court July 16.

Amsel has not retained a lawyer so far and has not indicated whether he will seek bail.

He has not entered pleas to charges that include attempted murder.

The 49-year-old was arrested last weekend after explosives were sent to his ex-wife's workplace and a law firm connected to legal battles between the former couple.

Two bombs were detonated safely, but one exploded and caused severe injuries to lawyer Maria Mitousis.

On Thursday, the Manitoba Bar Association posted a message to its website from president Sofia Mirza saying that Mitousis continues to recover and is in good spirits.

Mirza said Mitousis wanted to thank first responders for their work, saying that because of their tenacity "further catastrophes were prevented this past weekend, and for that she is most grateful."

Mirza also said Mitousis wanted other lawyers to "go on doing the same great work that was done before this tragedy. The goal of providing just and important services to the families of Manitoba will remain. Maria specifically wanted family law practitioners to know that she doesn’t want her circumstances to discourage them from continuing their practises."

The bar association plans to hold a session on safety practices for lawyers next month.