Kabul Court to Resume Christians´ Trial Saturday

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, SEPT. 28, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Taliban Supreme Court announced it will resume trial proceedings Saturday against eight Western aid workers who have been jailed in the Afghan capital on charges of preaching Christianity, the Compass news agency reported.

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According to Australian diplomats based in Islamabad, judicial hearings against the two Australians, two Americans and four Germans “would definitely proceed” in Kabul.

The diplomats said their source was Taliban Foreign Ministry official Abdur Afghani.

The foreign Christians´ trial before Afghan Muslim clerics was suspended two weeks ago, after Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden was accused of masterminding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Under the Taliban´s purist interpretation of Islamic law, any attempt to convert Muslims to another religion is a crime punishable by death.

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