08/05/2011 04:02 EDT | Updated 10/05/2011 05:12 EDT

Mexico Hotel Blast: Canada Disappointed Charges Dropped


OTTAWA - The Canadian government says it is disappointed that the Mexican judicial system is not proceeding with charges in a blast at a Mexican resort that killed seven people, including five Canadians.

The blast, which ripped through part of the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carmen last November, was ultimately blamed on an unauthorized gas line under the hotel's lounge.

Charges ranging from homicide to professional misconduct were laid against five people, including contractors and resort workers.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa would not confirm any of the reasons for why the charges were dropped.

Spokeswoman Alain Cacchione says the Canadian government had been pressing Mexican authorities to ensure "a timely and transparent investigation" from the start.

The five Canadians killed were Malcolm Johnson of Prince George, B.C.; Chris Charmont and his nine-year-old son, John, of Drumheller, Alta.; Darlene Ferguson, 51, of Edmonton; and Elgin Barron of Guelph, Ont.

Eighteen others, many of them from Ontario, were injured.