Head of the Neufchateau district of the gendarmerie. On October 6, 1986, Torrez personally called the gendarmerie in Schaarbeek to tell a gendarme officer to leave his suspect, a Portuguese named Juan Borges, alone. The officer in question wanted to arrest Borges for having written a bad check of about $35,000. In the military-structured gendarmerie it is highly unusual for senior officers to directly contact field investigators.
On October 8, Torrez explained to the gendarme officer that he had ordered Borges to left alone after he had received a phone call from the office of the secretary of defense. The gendarme officer apparently didn't agree as he was soon fired. The truth came out three years later when the company of Annie Bouty, Cadreco, went bankrupt and all the company's financial records were sieged. It turned out that Bouty's friend Michel Nihoul had been the one who personally called up and convinced Col. Torrez to leave Borges alone. Borges was a business partner of Nihoul in the underworld, and was involved in the illegal trade of gold, drugs, fake dollars, art and apparently also humans.
He had high level connections to the Italian mafia and fascist members of the Jonathan Club like Frederic Godfroi (inspector of the BOB in Brussels who became a gang leader; friend of Jean Bultot and acquainted with Nihoul). In 1985-1986, Borges owned the firm Candy Medical, which was a front for illegal weapons trafficking. This firm was located in a building owned by the Security Bureau of the European Union/Commission, headed by fascist Pierre Eveillard, whose brother was a police commissioner who protected the Dolo. Brigitte Jenart, Borges' girlfriend since 1983 who only found out about the criminal circuit he was involved with after a while, claimed that it took only one call from Bouty at the time for the gendarmerie to leave Borges alone. Jenart also claimed that Bouty once in a while had it checked if Borges had not appeared on an internal watchlist of the gendarmerie.
Jenart committed suicide in April 1998. The year before Col. Torrez had been heared about this affair by Comite P. and ultimately the conclusion of the Verwilghen Commission became that Torrez, as newly-appointed local Gendarme chief at the time, had just been naive when he believed that the person on the other side of the line represented the office of the secretary of defense. Responsible for appointing commandant Jean-Luc Duterme head of the Dutroux investigation on December 1, 1996. Within a month, Duterme had begun to torpedo the X investigations. Torrez also is a good friend of Georges Marnette, a controversial police commissioner who played a key role in covering up the Dutroux-Nihoul investigation (while at the same time accused of being one of the rapists in the network). Both Marnette and Torrez are fans of the soccer club Anderlecht and often go to matches together.