Let­ter bomber who cost lawyer her hand says he was framed, wants ap­peal

Journal Pioneer - - CANADA - BY STEVE LAM­BERT

A Man­i­toba man sen­tenced to life in prison for send­ing let­ter bombs wants to ap­peal and is mak­ing more ac­cu­sa­tions of a con­spir­acy in the jus­tice sys­tem. Guido Am­sel, act­ing as his own lawyer, is ask­ing the prov­ince’s Court of Ap­peal to over­turn his con­vic­tions on four counts of at­tempted mur­der and other charges.

Am­sel is ac­cus­ing one of the three lawyers who had rep­re­sented him at var­i­ous points in the pro­ceed­ings of plant­ing ev­i­dence with the Win­nipeg Po­lice Ser­vice.

“Im­plant­ing DNA ev­i­dence and ex­hibit num­bers is not le­gal, it is un­law­ful,” Am­sel wrote in doc­u­ments filed with the court this week.

Am­sel, 52, was con­victed in May of send­ing let­ter bombs to his ex-wife and two lawyers in 2015, as well as set­ting an ex­plo­sive out­side his ex-wife’s home two years ear­lier.

One of the let­ter bombs ex­ploded, caus­ing se­vere in­juries to Win­nipeg lawyer Maria Mi­tousis, who had rep­re­sented Am­sel’s exwife in a dis­pute over a com­pany the cou­ple had owned.

The bomb was con­tained in a record­ing de­vice, which ex­ploded when Mi­tousis pressed a play but­ton. She lost her right hand and un­der­went numer­ous surg­eries.

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