Afghanistan's Taleban rulers say they plan to put on trial eight foreigners detained for allegedly preaching Christianity in the country.
In an interview Wednesday with the official Bakhtar news agency, Taleban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil said Taleban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar will decide the fate of the aid workers, but only after a trial in an Islamic court.
The two Americans, two Australians and four Germans were arrested on August fifth along with 16 Afghans and are being held in a detention center in Kabul.
Under Taleban law, the foreigners can face jail and expulsion and the Afghan Muslims could receive the death penalty.
Wednesday, the Taleban allowed International Red Cross officials to visit the eight detained aid workers for a second time.
Three Western diplomats, who visited the jailed workers Monday, say they are hopeful the issue will be resolved soon. Diplomats from the United States, Germany and Australia say Taleban officials have arranged for more meetings with the detainees.