Sri Lanka's former cricket captain T.M. Dilshan on Friday praised the president, Maithripala Sirisena for deciding to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers.
"There is no purpose in safeguarding human rights if we cannot save the country. Cases of drugs use and child abuse has increased at an alarming rate today. So is is essential to carry out the death sentence,” Mr Dilshan was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying.
“Not only for drugs, it should be implemented for child abuse and rape cases,” he said, adding that the decision should have been made a long time ago.
International human rights groups have condemned the decision by Sri Lanka's cabinet, which was announced earlier this week by the ministry of Buddhasasana.