Afghanistan Christian prisoners will face Islamic law
The BBC is reporting that Western diplomats and the United Nations are still working to obtain access to the eight foreign workers arrested for teaching Christianity in Afghanistan. Authorities say they will face trial for their crimes. The Taliban says they are investigating the case and a decision based on Shari'ah law will be made soon. This could mean the death penalty.

The Taliban arrested 24 workers of the Kabul office of an aid group called Shelter Now International based in Germany. No one has been allowed to visit the prisoners but fears are mounting because the Taliban said last year anyone converting an Afghan to any religion could face execution.

The BBC is reporting that a Taliban senior official saying that the prisoners had "'confessed to the crime' and would be tried soon under Islamic law." Of the workers, 16 are from Afganistan, four are German, two are Australian, and two are American.

Contrary to reports yesterday, the workers arrested were not connected with the US-based organization, Shelter Now International. Instead, a separate organization based in Germany had oversight of the office and personnel in Kabul.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Shelter Now, saying it "has crossed the line between aid work and evangelising before … In the early 1990s the group, then based in the United States, [Shelter Now]was forced to pull out of Pakistan after its activities among Afghan refugees there provoked unrest.

"After the group pulled out of Pakistan its name and work in Afghanistan were taken over by a German-based Christian aid group, Vision For Asia."

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