Appeals judges have rejected a claim by four prominent Kenyans that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction to prosecute them for alleged involvement in an outburst of post-election violence in 2007.

Thursday's rulings clear one of the final hurdles in the path toward putting on trial the four suspects, who include the son of Kenya's founding father and a former education minister.

Their lawyers had argued that prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence to support their allegation that the crimes were plotted by an organization and that therefore the court had no jurisdiction.

The court's appeals chamber says said that the issue did not amount to a ground for challenging the ICC's jurisdiction.

Some 1,000 people died in the aftermath of Kenya's 2007 presidential elections.