MADRID - Spain’s top criminal court said Tuesday it had summoned Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and 13 other former members of his government to be put under official investigation over the region’s separatist drive.

The National Audience summoned the 14 to appear in court in Madrid on Thursday and Friday and gave them three days to pay a combined deposit against potential penalties of 6.2 million euros ($7.2 million). Puigdemont and several of his former ministers travelled to Belgium after they were dismissed by Madrid on Friday as the central government took direct control of the semi-autonomous region whose parliament had just declared unilateral independence.

On Monday, Spain’s chief prosecutor said he was seeking charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds against them.

Puigdemont appeared in a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday, saying he was still the “legitimate president” of Catalonia but denying he was seeking asylum.

If they refuse to appear in court as requested, Spanish prosecutors could order their arrest.

And if Puigdemont and the former ministers are still in Belgium when that happens, Spain could issue an international arrest warrant.

National Audience judge Carmen Lamela argued in her ruling that despite repeated court prohibitions, the Catalan government “continued to promote the necessary measures to create an independent Catalan state.”

The judge said prosecutors’ arguments were “serious, rational and logical.”

The crime of rebellion carries a prison term of up to 30 years while sedition can be punished with a sentence of up to 15 years.