Judge denies bail to Winnipeg man accused of sending letter bombs

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WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man accused of sending letter bombs to his ex-wife and two lawyers has been denied bail.

Guido Amsel will remain in custody until his trial on charges that include three counts of attempted murder.

Provincial court Judge Heather Pullan says she sees no way to effectively monitor someone accused of sending explosives through the mail — an offence she described as “clever, cunning and extremely dangerous.”

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Her decision follows three days of evidence presented at Amsel’s bail hearing, which cannot be reported due to a publication ban.

Amsel was arrested in early July after the bombs were sent to his ex-wife’s workplace and the lawyers who had represented Amsel and his wife in their divorce.

Two bombs were safely disposed of but one bomb exploded, severely injuring lawyer Maria Mitousis.

Amsel’s lawyer says his client did not commit the crime. No date has been set for a trial.

The Canadian Press

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