A CONVICTED rapist and would-be child abuser – on the run from the authorities in his home country for more than 18 years – has been in charge of an Ammanford fast food takeaway for more than 18 months, it has emerged.

Mustafa Binboga, nowback in the hands of the Turkish police, took over the licence of the Southern Fried Chicken outlet at 18 College Street on March 18, 2010, despite having supposedly been in hiding for more than 16 years.

Binboga, aged 47, was convicted of committing rape at gunpoint and attempted child molestation by a court in Turkey in 1991.

He was sentenced to more than 12 years’ imprisonment, but absconded from custody and escaped to the UK where he set up numerous business interests, including fast food outlets in Wales and across the UK.

Binboga was arrested in Pembrokeshire last year on an unrelated matter, but Dyfed- Powys Police soon discovered he was the subject of an international arrest warrant and contacted the Turkish authorities.

At the time of his arrest, Binboga gave his address as Stamford Hill, London.

Binboga was returned by Dyfed-Powys officers to his homeland, where he was expected to face immediate imprisonment.

The revelation only came to light when the police’s licensing officer submitted a request to Carmarthenshire County Council to review the outlet’s licence granting permission to serve food to the public.

In the review request, the police state: “The nature of the allegations surrounding Mr Binboga are of such a serious sexual nature that were he still present in the country we would have no option but to continue with this review due to his involvement in the management of this premises.

“The police concerns are based on the protection of children from harm, as well as crime and disorder.”

Councillors agreed to revoke the licence. The outlet closed for business earlier this year.