Rwanda court says has jurisdiction to try 'Hotel Rwanda hero'

Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda's 1994 genocide, sits inside a courtroom in Kigali

KIGALI (Reuters) - A Rwandan court ruled on Friday that it has jurisdiction to try Paul Rusesabagina, the hotelier depicted as a hero in the 'Hotel Rwanda' movie, despite his citizenship status because the alleged crimes were committed in Rwanda.

"Court finds that this chamber has jurisdiction to try Rusesabagina's cases no matter whether he is of Rwandan or Belgian nationality," Rwanda's high court specialized chamber for international and cross border crimes said.

Rusesabagina is accused of terrorism-related offences.

(Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Writing by Ayenat Mersie; Editing by Alex Richardson)