The trial of eight foreign aid workers accused of attempting to convert Moslems to Christianity is set to resume Saturday, according to ann announcement from the Supreme Court of the Taliban.
Pakistani lawyer Atif Ali Khan has told Reuters that the Supreme Court will sit on Saturday. The court meets in Kabul, and will presumably gather there despite the US bombing.
The eight have been held in a detention center for more than two months. President Bush has said that their presence in Afghanistan cannot change US policy.
They all worked for Shelter Now International, a German aid group. Among those held are two Americans, two Australians and four Germans. Sixteen Afghani staff members are also being held.
The group has denied the charges, claiming that they have not converted any Moslems to Christianity. Their attorney will defend them before the court on this basis. If convicted, they could face execution.
The Kabul Eight are, Americansa Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer, Australians Peter Bunch and Diana Thomas, and Germans Katrin Jellnek, Margrit Stebner, Silke Durrkopf and Georg Taubmann.
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