Former D.C. Del. Walter Fauntroy is in Libya as Moammar Gaddafi’s regime teeters toward collapse, according to current Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Norton spoke Tuesday with Fauntroy’s wife, Dorothy Fauntroy, according to a release from Norton’s office, which said Fauntroy told his wife that “he is in a safe place in Libya and expects to return to D.C. later this week to attend the official unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.”

The statement added that Dorothy Fauntroy “did not know the circumstances” of her husband’s visit to Libya.

Walter Fauntroy was the District’s first non-voting House delegate, serving in that post from 1971 until he stepped down in 1990 to mount an unsuccessful campaign for D.C. mayor. He was succeeded in the delegate position by Norton.

Fauntroy, who is also a pastor, has worked on a number of pursuits since then, including running his own consulting and lobbying firm.

Fauntroy is the president of the Global Campaign for Middle East Peace, a nonprofit group seeking a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.