On 24 February Vintsuk Viachorka, the BPF Party leader, was summonsed to the procurator’s office because of a criminal case brought against Mr. Viachorka for a press-conference conducted on 15 October by the leaders of the Popular Coalition Five Plus.
During the press conference the leaders of the opposition parties argued that the voting procedures could have been fraudulently manipulated in some instances, and showed the journalists draft protocols of the election commissions with totals already there, as well as summary tables for a constituency that contain vote breakdown per polling station.
Vintsuk Viachorka was summonsed as a witness in this case. Before the interrogation, Vintsuk Viachorka demanded for the questions to be asked in Belarusian. The investigator Kukharonak agreed to do so. However, Vintsuk Viachorka refused to answer some questions in accordance with Article 27 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, which provides for the right not to give evidence against oneself.