Kyrgyzstan's central bank chief under house arrest

The governor of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ulan Sarbanov, has been placed under house arrest, accused of abuse of power during the rule of deposed president Askar Akayev.

"(The prosecutor general has taken) a decision, effective from September 2, to put the National Bank governor under house arrest in relation to handing out more than $400,000 to the former Kyrgyz president in 1999," Sumar Nasiza, spokesman for the prosecutor, told journalists.

Sarbanov denied any wrongdoing. "I