NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three years after postelection violence left more than 1,000 people dead, top Kenyan leaders will learn Wednesday if they will face international prosecution over their involvement in the violence.

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court on Wednesday is expected to make public two cases against six people suspected of participation in postelection violence in the wake of a disputed December 2007 poll, as he files charges against them. He will also request that judges issue summonses.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said he expects the suspects to surrender voluntarily. He also asked them to not contact each other, try to interfere with the investigation or trial, or commit new crimes. “If the suspects do not comply with the conditions set by the Chamber, I will request arrest warrants,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday. “If there is any indication of bribes, intimidation or threats, I will request arrest warrants.”

The ICC’s announcement that it will name suspects has led to frayed nerves among government leaders. “I dreamed that Ocampo was just implying that I am in the list of suspects to be prosecuted in the Hague. I have dreamt it many times and most of my dreams come true, but with this one I am actually praying to God that it does not,” said Peris Simam, a member of parliament from the Rift Valley.

Associated Press writer Mike Corder in The Hague contributed to this report.

TomOdula

AssociatedPress