He is one of 20 Bahais who were arrested in central Iran in August 2012, and given sentences ranging from one to 4 years by the Revolutionary Court in Yazd.
They were charged with propaganda against the regime and participation in Bahai community activities. Two of this group, Shahram Falah and Navid Haqiqi Najafabadi were released in January 2017, although they had served less than one year of their 3-year sentences.
It is not clear that the early releases indicate a change in policy regarding the oppression of the Bahais in Iran. It could also be due to overcrowding in the jail in Isfahan, or the need to empty prisons in preparation for the coming elections, or that the policy is to cap the number of imprisoned Bahais at about 150 nationwide, and the recent sentencing of 24 Bahais in Gorgan requires some early releases.