Abdeslam’s co-defendant Sofien Ayari also received a 20-year term for attempted terrorist murder.
"What can we do. I have said it from the beginning, if my client remains silent, I drop his defense."
"From the start he made clear he would be exercising his right to silence, refusing to respond to questions from the judge."
Salah Abdeslam was Europe's most wanted fugitive until his capture in Brussels on March 18.
BRUSSELS -- Today, just over a week after the horrific attacks on this city, people are still saddened by what happened. Many, according to witnesses, are worried about the future of the country and terrorist networks that exist in Brussels. Many wonder if this type of attack will happen again. I think it will. As long as the terror networks continue to exist, we will continue to be worried about the future of Europe and bombings in other cities.
Abdeslam is due in court in Brussels on March 31.
The president of Turkey said on Wednesday that one of the bombers had been arrested near the Syrian border last year.
The attack was the worst in Belgium's history.
Both brothers have a criminal records, but have not been linked to terrorism until now
The deadly attacks on Tuesday follow months of tensions, and warnings.