ICC prosecutors to call dozens of witnesses in Kenya postelection violence trials

International Criminal Court prosecutors plan to call dozens of witnesses to build their cases against four prominent Kenyans charged with involvement in a deadly wave of violence unleashed by the country's 2007 presidential election.

Documents released Thursday show prosecutors plan to call 46 witnesses and take more than 500 hours to lay out their case against 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.

They will call 34 witnesses in the trial of Francis Muthaura and deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta on charges including murder, forcible deportation, persecution and rape against supporters of Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

All four have pleaded innocent. Their trials are scheduled to start in April.