An Irish-trained doctor accused by the Bahraini authorities of taking part in last year’s pro-democracy protests has had his sentence upheld by the kingdom's highest court.

Eight other medics also had their sentences upheld today.

Dr Ali Al Ekri told RTÉ News that he had no regrets about doing his job and speaking out against the violation of medical neutrality by Bahrain's security forces.

Meanwhile, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has confirmed that its Chief Executive Professor Cathal Kelly met Bahrain's Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa yesterday.

RCSI has invested around €54 million in its Bahrain campus.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Six-One News, UCD Professor Eoin O'Brien accused the college of not doing enough to support the doctors.

He said they had only been doing their jobs and had been sentenced by a dysfunctional court.

Professor O'Brien resigned his own fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in protest at what he believes is a lack of support for the doctors.

A spokesperson for RCSI today said its position over the medics sentencing is unchanged and that it had called on the Bahraini authorities to show humanity and withdraw the sentences.