KARACHI, Pakistan, June 21 (UPI) -- Police in Pakistan have arrested six people for burying slain American journalist Daniel Pearl while the main accused in the kidnapping and murder case rejected Friday all charges against him.
Pearl, who was the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, disappeared in January from the southern Pakistani city of Karachi while researching a story on Muslim militants. Last month, police recovered his body from an isolated Karachi neighborhood.
A police spokesman said six people, including three brothers, had been arrested for allegedly burying Pearl after he was killed. Police also arrested the owner of the land where the reporter's remains were found. The owner, Mohammed Saud, denied any involvement.
Meanwhile, Omar Saeed Shaikh, the chief suspect accused in the Pearl case, Friday told a court in the city of Hyderabad he was falsely implicated in the killing.
"I have nothing to do with the kidnapping or murder of Pearl. I never met this journalist nor did I ask anyone to kidnap or kill him. I know nothing about this case," he said.
Pakistani and American investigators have accused Shaikh of planning the kidnapping, keeping Pearl in custody and of participating in the killing.
The special anti-terrorism court will record the statements of three other accused -- Suleman Saqib, Fahad Naseem and Shaikh Muhammed Adil -- on Saturday.
The court is holding its proceedings inside a prison after Shaikh's supporters allegedly threatened to attack the court and free him.
Pearl was kidnapped from outside a restaurant in Karachi on Jan. 23 and later the U.S. Consulate in Karachi received a video, showing his beheaded body. His wife, Mariane, is the main complainant in the case but is not attending the proceedings. She gave birth to a baby boy May 28.