Washington, D.C., civil rights leader Walter Fauntroy has fled the country. According to friends and family he is somewhere in Africa.
Fauntroy has been missing for the last year after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest in nearby Prince George’s County, Md. The 82-year old pastor and former Congressman, who was a trusted aid to Martin Luther King Jr., has had his passport revoked as a result of the warrant.
According to WUSA9, the warrant stems from an event to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama in Maryland in 2009 that Fauntroy was involved in organizing. He is wanted in connection with a bad $50,000 check he allegedly wrote more than six years ago.
Fauntroy’s family became suspicious of his whereabouts when he missed the events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma march in Alabama earlier this month. His friends are concerned about his mental state and well-being without any source of income.
Fauntroy claimed he had a relationship with former dictator Muammar Gaddafi when he first went to Libya. Since the State Department revoked his passport, Fauntroy will be taken into custody as soon as he returns to the U.S., his attorney said.