TVC NEWS, NAIROBI - Two witnesses in the International Criminal Court (ICC) case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, have withdrawn from the trial.

Ruto and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta are facing charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague-based court.

They are both accused of orchestrating the widespread violence that followed a disputed vote in 2007.

The two witnesses' withdrawal comes just a week before Ruto's trial begins.

The duo, through sworn affidavits written by lawyer Christopher Mitei, recanted their testimonies and written statements informing the ICC prosecutor that they will not participate in the hearing.

“Enclosed here with please find self-explanatory letters and affidavits of our clients herein confirming their withdrawal from the ICC process,” Mitei wrote.

Both Kenyatta and Ruto have denied the charges instituted against and have pledged to work with the ICC.