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Egypt Suspends Mubarak Name Ruling


A mosaic depicting ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is seen at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, February 28, 2011

A mosaic depicting ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is seen at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, February 28, 2011

An Egyptian court has suspended a ruling to remove former president Hosni Mubarak's name and the name of his wife, Suzanne, from all public facilities and institutions.

The court announced on Saturday that the ruling had been put on hold until an appeal can be heard next Wednesday. Some Egyptian lawyers have filed a lawsuit asking that the verdict against the Mubaraks be canceled.

An Egyptian court announced the verdict in April. Judge Mohammed Hassan Omar said it had become clear that the "size of corruption" that was being uncovered in investigations of Mr. Mubarak exceeded "by far anyone's imagination."

The former president resigned in February amid massive anti-government protests. He is due to stand trial in August on charges of fraud and orchestrating the killings of opposition demonstrators.

Meanwhile, Egyptian security forces fired shots into the air on Saturday to stop hundreds of protesters from storming the headquarters of the Suez Canal Authority.

Workers demanding better pay and promotions have staged a series of protests outside of the facility in the city of Ismailia.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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