A Spanish judge was deliberating yesterday on whether to issue an global arrest warrant for Catalonia's ousted leader a day after she jailed nine former members of the region's separatist government.
'I will go to the justice authorities, but the real justice authorities, ' he told Belgian media.
"I'm ready to be a candidate", Puigdemont told RTBF television in Belgium, where he is now holed up after leaving Catalonia at the weekend.
Mr Puigdemont has said he would be willing to co-operate with the Belgian judiciary but that he has lost confidence in Spanish justice, which he claimed has become politicised.
Instead, he discussed strategy for the December snap election Spain's government has called as part of its temporary takeover of Catalonia. "For Catalonia, for the release of political prisoners and for the republic", he said on Twitter.
But the authorities said any appeals process could last for up to three months.
"We will study it, and put it in the hands of an investigating judge", prosecutors' spokesman Eric Van Der Sijpt told AP. "That could be tomorrow, the day after or even Monday ... we are not in any hurry".
The Spanish government have said that the jailing of the Catalan politicians is not politically motivated. On Thursday the 54-year-old ignored a summons to appear before the same judge in Madrid.
One of them, Republican Left's president, Oriol Junqueras, is the region's former vice president.
"Elections here can only happen here if we say they do", Rovira said.
Assemblea Nacional Catalana and Omnium Cultural have spearheaded the civil society efforts to achieve secession for the northeastern region.
The frustrated unilateral independence declaration of Catalonia has already damaged tourism and deterred investment.
Spain's Constitution says the nation is "indivisible" and that all matters of national sovereignty must be handled by the Spanish Parliament.
Also on Thursday, thousands of people across Catalonia took to the streets to protest against the detention of the Catalan leaders.
The Bank of Spain, the central bank, has warned that the economic growth of the country could be affected if the constitutional crisis in the Catalan region gets worse.
More rallies in support of secession are planned for the coming days in Catalonia.