ICC trials of Kenya suspects to start in April

The International Criminal Court says the trials will start next year of four prominent Kenyans accused of orchestrating violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after their country's disputed 2007 election.

The court said Monday that two separate trials will begin on April 10 and 11.

The first will feature former education minister William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang, both charged with the murder, forcible deportation and persecution of supporters of President Mwai Kibaki's National Unity Party.

The second trial will see Francis Muthara and Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country's founding father Jomo Kenyatta, face charges of committing murder, forcible deportation, persecution, rape, and other inhumane acts against supporters of Prime Minister Raila Odinga after the 2007 election.

All four have pleaded innocent to the charges.