THE HAGUE - Four prominent Kenyans, including two presidential hopefuls accused of fueling post-election violence in 2007, will go on trial at the International Criminal Court in April 2013, the court said on Monday.

The four men include Uhuru Kenyatta, a former finance minister who still holds the position of deputy prime minister, and former Higher Education Minister William Ruto, both seen as presidential contenders.

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Kenya is holding an election next March which will be the first since the disputed poll in 2007 that triggered a politically-fueled ethnic slaughter.

The four men are charged with masterminding the bloodshed that killed more than 1,200 people. All have said they are innocent.