When three young Muslim men charged with insulting Christianity appeared before a Lebanese judge, she hit them with an unusual sentence in a country noted for its religious diversity.
Instead of handing down a jail sentence for the contempt of religion conviction, Joceline Matta ordered the offenders to memorize verses from the Quran's Al-Omran surah that glorify Jesus and his mother, Mary.
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While reading out the verdict in court in Tripoli, North of Lebanon, Matta noted that her decision aims to teach the young men about Islam's tolerance.
"The law is a school and not just a prison," she said.
The decision was praised by Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Twitter. He saluted her for a decision which reflects justice and teaches mutual concepts between Muslims and Christians.